Reimagine Midblock paths in Downtown Salt Lake City

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Publication Type poster
School or College College of Architecture & Planning
Department Department of City & Metropolitan Planning
Author Skollingsberg, Kathrine
Contributor Keith Bartholomew; Molly Robinson
Title Reimagine Midblock paths in Downtown Salt Lake City
Date 2019
Description Downtown Salt Lake City is home to some of the largest city blocks and widest streets in the nation. One must walk the length of over two football fields to get from one block to the next. For comparison, it takes the average person less than half that time to get from one block to the other in Portland, Oregon. Nine Portland blocks could easily fit within one Salt Lake City block. Such basic elements of Salt Lake City's built environment have made it one of the least connective, and unwalkable grid-based cities in the nation. Designed a century before the rise of the automobile, Salt Lake City was unwittingly built to be auto-centric. Today, it can be a hostile environment for people to walk, ride a bike, or use public transit. The modern city is all about connections. Underutilized midblock secondary circulation areas - better known as alleys, back streets, and midblock paths can be reimagined and redesigned as places for people. By reactivating these overlooked, neglected paths, they transform into valuable community assets - connecting people to places, and connecting people to each other. These streets are a public good - a stage where life unfolds. For the social, physical, and economic health of the city, these downtown midblock paths can be reimagined and reactivated as a vibrant social place, rather than simply a channel for automobile traffic. This project explores the benefits that pedestrianizing our midblock pathways offer to our communities, environment, economy, resiliency, and overall health and social well-being. An overview of the history, theory, local context, and arguments for reactivating these corridors as public spaces are presented. A literature review, followed by five local case studies, and assessments forms the intellectual framework on how to think about pedestrianizing midblock pathways to better set geographical precedents. Reactivating these spaces as public spaces will significantly increase our access to public green space, and support third place-level social cohesion and community-building. From this overarching investigation, a series of recommendations, best practices, and findings are proposed to help pedestrianization succeed in our underutilized midblock secondary circulation areas, such as the alleys, back streets, and midblock corridors of downtown Salt Lake City.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Burns Street; Denver Street; Downtown Salt Lake City; Edison Street; Exchange Place; Floral Street; Gale Street; Gallivan Avenue; Green Street; Laconia Court; Market Street; Park Street; Pierpont Avenue; Regent Street; Rio Grande Street; Salt Lake City; Sego Avenue; Social Hall Avenue, Utah; Washington Street, accessibility; active transportation; aesthetic, alley; amenity assessment; art; back street; best practices; bicycle; bicycling; bike; biking; cars; city block; city planning; community engagement; community identity; connectivity; corridor; cycling; cyclist; flood mitigation; green space; hygge; inclusivity; infrastructure; mid-block; midblock walkway; midblock; midblock path; natural surveillance; neglected spaces; open space; paths; pedestrian; pedestrian priority; pedestrianization; place; placemaking; planning; public; public art; public engagement; public green space; public space; resilience against natural disasters; safe; secondary circulation; signage; site condition; space; street; streetscape; sustainable; sustainability; third place; traffic; transportation; underutilized midblock secondary circulation areas; urban pedestrianization; urban planning; vehicles; vibrancy; vibrant places; walk; walkability; walking; walkways; wayfinding; woonerf; MCMP Professional Projects
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Kathrine Skollingsberg
Format Medium application/pdf
ARK ark:/87278/s6zw650h
Setname ir_cmp
Date Created 2019-08-06
Date Modified 2019-08-06
ID 1438281
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