One of my favorite people, Scott Wilson, has always encouraged my efforts to organize a street tree planting on Colorado Boulevard. However, from the beginning, Scott told me I was thinking too small. He vision is bigger: turning Colorado Boulevard into a ‘Green Street.’
What would this mean? Scott wants to see the median on Colorado turned into a swale to collect rainwater. This water would be stored underground and used to irrigate median and treewell vegetation throughout the year. In fact, water from a couple of the Eagle Rock Streams which are currently routed into stormdrains, should easily water many trees.
His vision also includes simple improvements that will make the street safer for everyone: reducing the number of traffic lanes on Colorado, adding a bike lane, curb cuts, bumpouts, rain gardens, street furniture, bike racks, synchronized signals, crosswalks with lights.
Talking to Scott, one feels that if you focus on the steps necessary for making it happen, it can absolutely happen.
I asked some people I admire to interpret Scott’s ideas through illustrations….
Plan and section by SALT Landscape Architects. Illustrations by Andy Wilcox to come– check back soon!
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