Each week, I will break down parts of the AIACNY Urban Design Study of the 1-81 Project. Here is an opportunity for you to see, in a clear and concise fashion, how the decision that lies ahead could change the city for better or for worse.
Neighborhood redevelopment is one major reason for turning the I-81 viaduct into a street-level boulevard. There is obvious opportunity for new retail space, public park space, residential space and parking. If we remove the highway and open up land for urban innovation, we can imagine new margins for expansion and connection between University Hill and downtown. See how we break down potential land use along the corridor and detail how it corresponds with the existing character of the area.
There’s plenty of vacant spaces for waiting for this exciting and new development. See below:
Right now, the area consists of facilities and structures housing mostly medical practices (hospitals), residential homes, some hotel and office spaces, a bit of commercial retail and of course, some scattered educational buildings.
But look at how much space is STILL available:
Here’s what we think: Remove the highway, reuse the land. Simple as that. What might this look like? Check out this sketch of a proposed 8-lane city street or boulevard.