Saturday, July 30, 2011

Georgia x Sligo

The bridge in these photos is one of SHA's first projects. It was built in the 1930's to resolve a chronic problem with cars being struck by trains at this busy crossing. It is a charming, Depression-era landmark that helps to defines Silver Spring.

It is also a key trail head for theMetropolitan Branch Trail - which would allow pedestrians and cyclists access to the Transit Center without using surface streets through Downtown and avoiding numerous conflict points. Along with improvements in pedestrian access on Sligo Avenue, the first phase of the MBT would give thousands of residents better pedestrian access to Silver Spring Metro Station.

This intersection - along with others like Ga. X Silver Spring Ave, Ga. X Thayer Ave - will see dramatic changes in pedestrian behavior over the next decade, as new buildings continue to rise, and new businesses populate the Georgia Avenue Corridor. Improvements are great, but are we looking at all the angles? Is there a comprehensive approach, or are we just winging it?

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