Latham Square is one of the most prominent and architecturally important intersections in the City of Oakland. Despite this prime location, Latham Square is currently dominated by automobile traffic due to the need to serve trips from both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue, and the awkward angle of the intersection.
The Pilot Project builds on Latham Square’s significance by creating an enhanced pedestrian space through a low-cost trial that: enhances the pedestrian environment; increases economic development potential; saves existing trees; improves private automobile and transit operations. Construction on the Pilot Project will began in July 2013, and will last approximately three weeks.
Oakland Planning and Building Director Rachel Flynn told Streetsblog the car-free pilot had been given enough time, and that “there’s only so many people that are going to come into Oakland at this time.”
“If all you’re doing is blocking off the vehicles but not increasing the bikes and pedestrians, are you achieving your goal?” said Flynn. When asked for data on Latham Square’s use, she said, “We don’t know how to measure pedestrian and bicycle activity.”
You can reach her here for public comment:
Director of the Planning and Building Department
I love the example in the picture. Where is one prominent public space that has the potential to be enhanced?