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Designing around Innerbelt

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/14/07 @ 4:45pm

Federal guidelines call for a two-percent set aside from each phase of the Innerbelt Project to pay for urban design aesthetics-usually add-ons to improve the look and feel on and around the highway. What are add-ons? ODOT gives some examples, including ornamental fencing, pedestrian lighting, public art, parks and connections to the Towpath Trail. Fine, but we would add a functional piece of art-a beautiful multi-use path on the bridge.

With an urban design budget of $13 million in phase one and a similar installment in phase two, we're looking at more than $20 million to invest in making the Innerbelt better looking and, just maybe, more accessible. How can we improve this area (pictured right) with that kind of investment? Read more.

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