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Design Your Own Street – Central Ave.

This is an example of a streetscape created with Streetmix
Example of a streetscape created with Streetmix

Our post yesterday set the stage well for this post, which will allow the reader to choose street space priorities on his or her own.

Though this was posted a couple of months ago on Atlantic Cities, this neat application is especially relevant as the Central Ave. complete street plan moves forward.

The Central Ave. redesign process (or any street redesign process) is contentious as there is limited right of way, or ROW. Up until the project breaks ground and even after, people will debate the best and highest use of the limited ROW available, especially between I-25 and University. It may seem obvious to us what the best use of the space is but it’s helpful to see what other citizens think about the matter.

Streetmix allows the planner, citizen and any other interested party to truly feel out the options. It allows one to see how many feet of ROW each mode uses.

Here is the approximate available ROW on Central Ave. where this redesign process will be happening.

Between Broadway and I-25 (EDo) –> 83 ft.
Between I-25 and University –> 96 ft.
Between University and Girard –> 115 ft.

The challenge: how much can you squeeze in? BRT (bus rapid transit) lanes? Bike lanes? On street parking?

Happy planning!

-Dan

FACT: Americans Are Driving Less

Though Albuquerque was not mentioned in this short Streetfilms video, the national trend is clear: for the first time since the mass production of the automobile, Americans are driving fewer miles per year. This has been going since before the Great Recession.

Record ridership on ABQ Ride would lead one to believe that this trend holds true in Albuquerque. However, local (and federal) transit funding has remained stagnant.

Hopefully, city and regional leaders will notice this trend before they build too many more multi-million dollar interchanges (I’m looking at you Paseo & I-25).

I encourage you to send this video to elected officials or friends who you feel should see it.

-Dan

Welcome to UrbanABQ.com!

This is UrbanABQ.  It’s an evolution and a combination of many previous websites and ideas. One of its original incarnations on Blogspot can be found at this link: UrbanABQ.

UrbanAbq.com will be a venue for conversation about the past, present and future of a dense and cosmopolitan metro area.  As a result, the news and information on this website will be focused on the core of Albuquerque: Downtown, UNM/CNM, Old Town and areas in proximity to these places.

We will not be limiting the scope of this site to these portions of the metro area. There are “urban” elements found all over the greater middle Rio Grande valley region. For example, the historic center of Belen, NM has a commuter rail station, well designed blocks and walkable elements. However, Belen has become a suburb of Albuquerque and its modern urban form is primarily suburban. For this reason, Belen won’t be discussed much on this site but know that it falls within the scope of coverage.

There will be more posts coming soon covering a variety of topics. Transportation (with an emphasis on mass transit, bicycling and walking) and infill development will be a major focus as well.