Inwood Group Looks to Denver

DenverMall.jpgDenver’s 16th St. Pedestrian Mall

Some Inwood & Washington Heights Livable Streets members were torn between attending their own meeting and coming out to support nearby Community Board 8 this Wednesday. Brad Conover filed his own account of the CB 8 success, and Maggie Clarke reported back on the IWHLS meeting, bearing hopeful rumors of pedestrian mall possibilities for Dyckman Street. Maggie writes:

"The more I think about it, the more it would be kind of neat to try to replicate something like Boulder or Denver. They have almost a little park in the middle of the street with seating, trees, flowers, sculptures, little playing areas for the children, etc. Denver’s has two lanes of traffic on the outside for buses."

The group was happy to have an intern from State Senator Eric Schneiderman’s office in attendance. As Brad Aaron wrote earlier this week, IWHLS is seeing positive results for the hard work they’ve put into Dyckman Street, among other projects. Sample letters of support, petitions, and the Dyckman Greenway proposal itself are available as attachments to this page. They invite suggestions and comments on their broader goals and projects, and have mapped some of them out here. While efforts so far have proven mostly fruitless, the group hopes to get Community Board 12 on board for safer streets in Upper Manhattan.

In other news, New Haven Safe Streets Coalition posts that their state legislature is looking into stricter penalties for texting while driving; TA’s Brooklyn Volunteer Committee launches a new campaign with a Fifth Avenue ride; and we welcome new groups Smart Transit for Northern Kentucky, Livable Saskatchewan, and Rails for Rail.

Photo: kate at yr own risk/Flickr

  • Josh

    The 16th Street Mall is great.

  • iSkycraper

    Let’s not confuse uses here. The 16th St ped/transit mall is the very centre of downtown Denver and packed with offices, destination retail and a free-fare transit route. Dyckman St has none of those uses and is instead an arterial street lined alternately with parkland, low-end retail that closes at night, and public housing. It’s not the main street of anything. Simply transplanting 16th St wholesale would quickly result in an unattractive, dangerous, run-down environment no different than the homeless encampment/seating area off Highbridge Park. You can’t just create empty spaces with nothing to activate them – something Jane Jacobs often pointed out.

    There are examples out there of how to create an attractive streetscape that can handle the kind of uses along Dyckman with room for bikes, pedestrians and generous plantings but the 16th St Mall is not one of them. I’ll try to think of a relevant example and post it here.

  • Cos

    Does this mall have 2-way buses movement?

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