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AUG 2014

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August 2014 55 character envisioned for the area. Enhancing pedestrian connectivity across the street was critical to connect both sides of the street. As a result, crosswalks are regularly located at signaled intersections and in-between long blocks. Crosswalks are designed with generous pedestrian refuges and bulb outs (corners projecting into the street) so as to minimize the amount of space the pedestrian has to walk in the 'conflict' zone. Pedestrians and drivers are alerted to the crossings through special paving patterns that are articulated with stamped asphalt, colored concrete and pavers. Each district has a unique visual and experiential identity. While the design of each district is distinct, a common palette of materials and site furnishings ties them all together. Key common site furnishings include pedestrian and streetlights, bicycle racks, and special paving at key locations. Overall, the planting palette contains a wide variety of trees, shrubs and ground cover, but with common plantings including Yarwood sycamore and Ballerina Indian hawthorne. The East End Gateway is identified by 50-foot-wide medians. A combination of five rows of trees and a lushly planted median provides a green sense of entry. The environmentally friendly landscape median replaced more than half of the original impervious pavement. The focus area of the downtown core is the Civic Center Plaza that connects City Hall on one side of the street with the Transit Center, Community Center and Sacramento City middle and above While the east end of West Capitol Avenue has 10-foot buffered sidewalks, the more generous 20-foot sidewalks here in the downtown core reflect the civic mixed-use character envisioned for the area. Amenities include colored coordinated interlocking concrete pavers (Pavestone 'City Stone' series), 'Invue Mesa' decorative pedestrian lights (Cooper Lighting), 'Parker' benches (Wishbone Site Furnishings), Quickcrete customized precast single seats and 'Village Green' Zelkova trees protected by Ironsmith tree gates ('Sunrise') and tree guards. Other trees in the downtown are 'Tuscarora' Crape Myrtle, 'Autumn Flame' red maple and 'Yarwood' sycamore.

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