DESIGN GOES OFF THE RAILS

Design goes off the rails

Freight trains running just north of campus, alongside pedestrian, bike, and automobile traffic, pose some distinctive urban design challenges. The Institute for the Built Environment helped conduct an “Off the Rails” competition in 2016 that invited redesign proposals for the area surrounding Mason Street between Laurel and Mulberry. Features of the winning “Switchyard” plan include a linear park on each side of the street for pedestrians, a 5-foot-wide bike path on each side of the street, and removal of the second lane and on-street parking along southbound Mason. City planners will consider the design in future redevelopment. 

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