the Mass Ave mobility nodel for branded small transit


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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B&O Rail Trail, Hendricks County designed by storrow|kinsella

B&O Rail Trail, Hendricks County, Indiana

January 2018 SKA has been working 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) 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 corridor, a magnificent twin-span weathering steel truss bridge over White Lick Creek highlights the most recently completed section, which incorporates two new trailheads with parking, one of which will serve equestrians. The Hendricks County section of the paved portion of B&O Trail begins at the Marion County line at Raceway Road on the east and ends at County Road 500 East in the former railroad hamlet of Tilden. It is […]

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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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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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