I’m a big fan of the new Transit Center downtown. It’s attractive and functional. And the connected public plaza is relatively attractive. Now, the city has finalized the second round of plans for another public plaza, across the street at the City County Building. The first time around, the winning proposal was going to bust the budget, so this one is more subdued:
In essence, this means that a plaza will be across the street from another plaza. This could have some decent potential, with one major exception: The aforementioned street. Washington Street is a 4 lane wide, one way street, without a mid-block crosswalk. There are other mid-block crosswalks around, but since the Transit Center was an asphalt parking lot for decades, this block does not have one. I’ve thought this was an oversight with the transit center, and now it would be even more of an omission if it were not included the new CCB plaza. Here is a look at the current conditions of the grounds, as well as the missing crosswalk:
Here’s the overhead shot. Notice that I included the faded mid-block crosswalk on Delaware Street, along the west side of the CCB:
Another note is that the public can not enter or exit the City County Building through the wings, but they can pass through the south entrance. And often, if they’re trying to catch a bus at the transit center, they will want the most direct route possible. This seems like a small idea, but a doable one.