Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A New Frame

"Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture."*

"Most people don't notice a bridge unless it's particularly ugly or clogged with traffic"

"Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us."

On September 5th work will begin to transform the Route 29 footbridge that connects Oakland Mills with Downtown. This project started with a dream that looked more like this:

And it included crossing capabilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit. The project that was approved and is moving forward does not include transit. I think that's a missed opportunity. But you can't always get 100 per cent of what you want, I guess.

A shoutout to all the folks who dreamed this dream and then worked to make it happen. It's not Bridge Columbia in all its glory, but it's going to be a much, much better bridge.

Comments are welcome here:


*Quotes used are from Bruce Jackson: SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture in the departments of American Studies and English.

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