Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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72 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 9 2 To keep the cost of the project within the city's budget, the project plan recommends maintaining a large portion of the existing concrete sidewalk. Eighty-percent of the sidewalks are in fairly good shape. "Our recommendation is for municipalities to spend available dollars on elements that liven the space, such as accent lighting, colorful signage and playful furniture," explains Enderle. "Repaving sidewalks can be expensive. As long as the sidewalks are safe, don't replace them. The city has a grittiness that is attractive. Keeping the older sections of sidewalks saves money and maintains that grittiness that is uniquely Lorain." Lorain Continued from page 72 Top: Following an analysis of traffic flow and speaking with city officials, a cross-section was created that maintains on-street parking along both sides of the street and expands the sidewalk width from 14 feet to 20 feet. Bottom: The operable steel truss railway bridge is within view of downtown. The plan calls on constructing gateway elements reminiscent of the town's steel heritage at both ends of the 7-block district. The old U.S. Steel mills (1895-2008) stretch for nearly 3 miles on the city's south side. U.S. Steel once produced 67 percent of all U.S. steel. The Ford Assembly Plant (1958-2005) was also a pivotal economic driver.

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