Click here to learn how to keep your data current and how to upgrade to a Citified Plus project profile.
Perhaps not life-threateningly dangerous, but unfriendly, uninteresting, unpleasant, loud and generally not pedestrian-friendly would be a better way to describe it. I think if the eastern side of Blanshard ever becomes redeveloped, lane reductions here seem to make sense to me.
... If anything take the trees out of the sidewalk...
I'm sure somebody at the CoV started salivating when you posted that.
It's done all the time to make way for bike lanes.
Like Brantastic said, it's unfriendly, uninteresting and unpleasant on the actual straight stretches of sidewalk. The intersections, however, (Caledonia and to a lesser extent Fisgard) are quite dangerous for pedestrians and I've had a few close calls. I've also witnessed the aftermath of a couple of accidents, including a guy in a wheelchair who was hit at Blanshard and North Park. The cutaway on the curb there practically puts someone in a wheelchair right into the traffic lane.
In any event, I'm contrasting the actual danger (pedestrians do get hit by cars) against the hysteria that somehow homeless people are a safety menace and driving people out of downtown (despite the huge increase in downtown residents).
It seems to me that if we're going to add thousands of people to downtown whose main mode is walking, then it's not that controversial to suggest that the pedestrian infrastructure be improved to match the increase in population. And that the CoV should be more responsive to resident taxpayers than out-of-town commuters.
I walked past the excavation for HP2 earlier this morning and noticed that drilling is continuing on the southern (deepest) side, presumably in preparation for more blasting. Any idea how much deeper they plan to go? It seems like they have been working on this forever.
The Hudson District's final phase will push the two block-wide urban renewal project's residential density to nearly 1,000-units.