Coming back to town at one commenter's request, here is a very complete review of our soon-to-be-completed Avenew streetscape project. I don't know Planner Dan and never heard of him before, but from some of his technical terminology and analysis it is apparent that he is in the urban planning business. And overall, he is impressed with what is happening on B'game Ave. You should read through the whole blog entry. My favorite bit is
At about 10 feet, the walkway is wide enough to accommodate leisurely strolling and more purposeful pedestrians. Conversations among pairs or groups can be had while allowing plenty of room for others to pass. The walkway hugs the buildings, as it should. While a few narrow tables with chairs occasionally sit against the buildings, the main furniture zone is out toward the curb where it belongs.
That also means there is plenty of room for the newly-legal canine dinner companions which have been common on the Ave for a long time. His commentary on the crosswalks is also insightful
The crosswalks use the same pavers as the sidewalks. It looks good, but I prefer to keep crosswalks simple. Continental striping on asphalt, made famous on the cover of the album Abbey Road by the Beatles, is very easy for motorists to see and is universally understood to denote pedestrian crossings. They are also inexpensive to build and easy to maintain. And, what could be cooler than looking like a Beatles album?
It also gives me a chance to post a picture of myself and two friends in that famous crosswalk on Abbey Road! Just another day in the life.