We need to truly understand the need here-
1. do we want better walkability?
2. do we want more green space?
3. do we just want less freeway?
1: there are options to decrease lanes to allow for better pedestrian walkability
2: there are many older 60’s era apartments that could be converted to green space. Also blocks in midtown could be converted to parks, much like what’s happening in downtown.
3. if this is the true reason, masked as a needed park, I would think this idea will go forward.
I am in the landscape design business. I help create outdoor spaces, parks, wildlife on a regular basis. The proposal just really looks like paths with some trees. While I love green space, it doesn’t feel like a “park”. I think traffic headaches would increase. If it ends up being a full fledge park, where would visitors park / hang out. We have to be a smart about these proposals. Sticking a park at the expense of traffic ease is not the way to win over the general public.