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Time to reclaim downtown streets for people. Small autonomous vehicle circulators would allow us to use the public right-of-way for people instead of parking.  Urban mobility: leverages public systems and spaces for diversity of experience and economic opportunity integrates small/smart transit and distributed parking systems to create linear placemaking and extended walkability supports the vital arts, entertainment and retail environments of downtown with a moving experience What if you could hop on a smart, autonomous vehicle shuttle to go to dinner, on to theater, back for an after-dinner drink, home or Red-Line connection, or your commuter parking or carshare station? The public right-of-way of Mass Ave is currently a virtual parking lot while the sidewalks are uncomfortably narrow. Dead zones exist between walkable districts. What if that were re-imagined with a vehicle fleet crawling the avenue, shifting the spatial balance from cars to people? Mobility as experience. The experience integrated with the identity of place. Walkable districts joined to other walkable districts for a extended walkable downtown. Let’s try it create a public/private partnership to develop and manage a fleet of ubiquitous people movers and its integrated distributed parking resources. Park once, if at all. test it in a controlled urban […]

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Indiana Approach Experience

Click here to download The Indiana Approach Experience: a Context Sensitive Solutions planning document. This Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) report was an exploration of ideas during INDOT’s early planning for the Indiana segment of the Louisville Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges East End Approach Project. Its purpose was to generate concepts and ideas, at a non-cost constrained initial level, in support of CSS program fulfillment for this new terrain interstate approach to a new Ohio River Bridge. Programmatic considerations address roadway elements, bridge elements, noise barriers, landscape and landforms, a multi-use trail system, and the Old Salem Road interchange. Additional ideas addressed multimodal connectivity for corridor-proximate communities, and means to support long term sustainability of the proposed enhancements. The $763M project was subsequently developed and successfully implemented through a competitive P3 procurement process that attracted proposals from multiple international consortia. SKA was a invited to join the design team of a consortium that was a runner up to the successful proposal, so was unable to pursue the ideas.  Some elements such as the multi-use trail and special fencing were incorporated into the final design, while some more expressive elements dropped out. Prepared by Storrow Kinsella Associates Inc as CSS sub-consultant to […]

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B&O Trail Next Level Trail Grant Awarded!

B&O Rail Trail, Hendricks & Marion Counties, Indiana

UPDATE! – May 2021 B&O Trail Assoication, with significant financial support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), the Hendricks County Community Foundation, Hendricks Regional Health, Hendricks Power, IU Health West, Indy Gateway, and multiple individuals, was awarded a $4.6 million grant from the Next Level Trails program administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Download PDF > B&O Trail Association NLT Map and Description   January 2018 SKA has worked with the B&O Trail Association since 1996, helping to secure more than $6 million in funding, and providing planning, environmental studies, trail design and experiential graphics and identity systems. Founding members of the B&O Trail Association (BOTA), Diana Virgil and Jeff Smallwood, were pioneers in the Rails-to-Trails movement, participating in landmark court cases that clarified the arcane legal issues of rail corridor ownership, doggedly pursuing scarce funding sources for acquisition and construction, and patiently convincing hostile landowners that trails are a benefit to them and the larger community. BOTA is an independent, not-for-profit volunteer organization, that is not affiliated with any governmental agency. The B&O Rail Trail reached the six-mile mark in 2017 of open, paved trail, as it progresses across Hendricks County. Utilizing the acquired former CSX railroad […]

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Karst Farm Greenway

Karst Farm Greenway, Monroe County, Indiana

Karst Farm Greenway: Monroe County, IndianaThe Karst Farm Greenway is an outcome of the Monroe County Alternative Transportation & Greenways System Plan. The Storrow|Kinsella-authored plan was based on extensive community engagement, systems analysis, and conceptual design of place-based transportation elements.The Monroe County Alternative Transportation & Greenways System Plan is a vision document.  Its place-based transportation theory guided formation of the plan’s opportunities, concepts, and prioritization strategies. The plan’s recommendations support the community’s long-term goal of making alternative transportation a way of life for Monroe County residents. The plan provides a foundation and reference for funding projects such as the Karst Farm Greenway through programs such as the Federal Transportation Enhancement program, administered by the Indiana Department of Transportation. The plan is designed to be flexible and responsive to continuously evolving, and challenging, infrastructure funding scenarios, while setting high standards for future network development.  Karst Farm Greenway, the plan’s highest ranked priority project is now constructed, with future extensions under way. Storrow Kinsella designed the inaugural section as subconsultant to engineer-of-record, Butler Fairman & Seufert Civil Engineers. StrategiesThink beyond existing conditions to create the future. Monroe County is rapidly developing, and pressures on quality of life are continuing. Incorporating alternative transportation results in multiple benefits, including:Healthy lifestyles: alternative […]

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The Wabash River Scenic Byway Management Plan

Wabash River Scenic Byway Management PlanThe Wabash River Scenic Byway Management Plan guides and recommends policy for the 16-mile long Wabash River corridor through Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The plan integrates roadway design, wayfinding, and land stewardship under the grand theme of the river’s 2.5 million year history. This interpretive lens melds geology, archaeology, anthropology, geopolitics and ecology as defining aspects of place. It guides ongoing management collaboration across multiple agencies and disciplines towards that unifying sense of place.The plan represents a logical progression in a series of focused and interrelated efforts by the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation to enhance, protect, and preserve the rich natural and cultural heritage and intrinsic qualities of the Wabash River. This free flowing river meanders through Tippecanoe County, past the cities of Lafayette on the left bank and West Lafayette on the right bank, and upstream and downstream from them through neighboring counties.The plan specifically addresses the principal public roadway bordering the river and its floodplain, North and South River Road, and the latter’s Westward or downriver extension as Division Road. The road’s relationship to the river is obvious when viewed from the heights of satellite imagery, but less apparent to Byway travelers today, whether commuters or visitors, whose […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Streetscape and Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard: corridor as catalyst for neighborhood renaissanceThe Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Gateway and Streetscape is an outcome of the Development Implementation Plan for the United Northwest Redevelopment Area (UNWA) TIF District. The Development Implementation Plan focused on generating short term, implementable development opportunities. The Development Concepts, Inc. and storrow|kinsella plan was based on understanding neighborhood context and extensive community engagement.  The UNWA TIF District is approximately 1.2 square miles with more than 3,000 residential parcels in the TIF. Two “opportunity areas” were identified that consisted of the best short-term opportunities where immediate infrastructure improvements were estimated to have the best potential to leverage development: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street and the Central Canal. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street was the “opportunity area” selected for investment because was the most viable commercial corridor in the TIF District and most likely to be the location to receive developer investment. It was also selected because it is the TIF District’s front door and provides the primary impression of the neighborhood.   StrategiesMLK Street is the most important transportation corridor in the UNWA TIF District. In selecting MLK Street as an opportunity area, the TIF investment provided a boost to fully […]

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Evansville Riverfront

Evansville Downtown Riverfront The $10 million Downtown Esplanade and Dress Plaza project section, shown here,  stabilized the aging one-third mile long Ohio River flood protection levee and transformed it from a brutally bleak place to a place of civic pride. Its street level esplanade is a bicycle and pedestrian way that accesses multiple projecting river overlooks and a timeline railing edge of seventy-two stainless steel interpretive plaques. Dramatic lighting beacons in rhythmic bay spacing are a modern foil to the otherwise historically themed downtown. The overlooks break through the levee rail barrier (by developing openings with removable flood panels) to access new river viewing platforms. The promenade plaques create an outdoor classroom chronicling the evolution of the Ohio River, and this place on it, from glacial formation to regional city on a major transportation system.The amphitheater-style tiered seating for 5000 cascades down from the overlooks to Dress Plaza. The plaza, the site of former riverfront wharves, now hosts fireworks, world-class hydroplane racing and a public access boat ramp.  The award-winning design has created a new synergy and vitality for downtown, while providing connectivity between downtown and the adjacent museum district, and to the developing greenway system’s parks and neighborhoods.The City has reclaimed its waterfront […]

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