Streets: Denver Public Space Design and Innovation and Age | Sustainable Cities Collective

Street was a lively but narrow one-way street with three lanes of traffic, 16-foot sidewalks, and retail. For the new design, the Regional Transportation District (metro Denver’s public transit agency) hired renowned architecture firm I.M. Pei and Partners (now Pei Cobb Freed & Partners) with Hanna/Olin (now OLIN) as the landscape architects. The project, which spanned nearly a full mile, put people and transit at the center of the design while, according to the Pei Cobb Freed & Partners project write-up, “consolidating and revitalizing the diverse city core.” The new design created an inviting, pedestrian-friendly area that is 80 feet wide, with three main “zones of activity”: 19-foot-wide sidewalks on each side, bordered by 10-foot-wide bus paths, with a 22-foot wide central pedestrian promenade. One of the mall’s most arresting features is its distinctive granite pavers...

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