Making the West Side into a 'Street' with West Front Streetscapes
Influence Design Forum, LLC (IDF) will be collaborating with the City Engineering department to move design development forward on the streetscapes of West Front Street.
“West Front wants to be a ‘street’,” designer Nate Elkins explains, “but struggles under the existing constraints and, unfortunately, functions more like a road or commercial strip zone with speeds in excess of 25 mph, large monument business signage, and lack of walkability. Nonetheless, the good thing is streets can be changed – changed to be designed for safety, walkability, increased resilience, and great for business. IDF’s analysis of West Front determined that there were several opportunities for improvement including: changing the cross-section to provide more public space for pedestrians/street furniture/trees, developing a parking management system, changing the scale of signage, separating bicycles from traffic, and updating the stormwater infrastructure.”