A truly livable city has some defining characteristics, namely: a “sense of place” (strong identity), walkable streets, mobility for all, beauty & charm, public green spaces, lively streets where people connect, equity and prosperity.
Our proposal is for a “woonerf” with citizen engagement. A woonerf is designed to allow drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and runners to share the same space, making the street much more welcoming and appealing for all.
Features include barrier plantings, seating, bike racks, curb removal (could be a future improvement), and public art. The street is narrow so that cars must drive slowly, such that pedestrians and cyclists have parity on the road.
The beauty of this project is that it is a permanent improvement for pedestrians, bicyclists and neighbors, while showcasing many aspects of livability which will be communicated in an engagement kiosk in the middle of the woonerf:
- allows cars, but at a very calmed speed (walkable streets)
- allows for greening the street with trees, plantings (connection with nature)
- includes public art (beauty & charm)
- includes benches and gathering points (people connection)
- becomes a destination (sense of place)
The kiosk will be designed by a local artist and will feature a chalkboard wall, where citizens can express their dreams for the future of Pittsburgh, inspired by the magic around them.
This project will serve as a pilot for refinement and replication of shared street renovations around the city.