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So found this on arch daily this morning and thought maybe this might lead to a good discussion about a possible future of the sea wall? It certainly is dominated by car traffic and I don't know when was the last time the seawall saw any significant infrastructure improvements. I don't know. Anyway just thought this was cool project in Mexico that could be reapplied not just in galveston but other places as well.

 

http://www.archdaily.com/526748/malecon-puerto-vallarta-trama-arquitectos/

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The problem with the Galveston seawall is the two political jurisdictions. The seawall itself is owned and maintained by the county. The road (Seawall Boulevard) from 61st street eastward is owned and maintained by the city. There has been a battle lately over who pays for the road paving. The city had been getting some funding from the county to help maintain the road up until a few years ago. Now the current county commissioners are balking at paying for any of the road maintenance from 61st eastward and wants the city to pay for it all themselves. The city now charges for parking because the parking lane is in city jurisdiction, however the city is using the parking revenue to fund enhancements along the seawall itself. which is county owned. It's a quagmire.

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The seawall parking is now profitable.  It's going to take a while to generate enough profit to do anything meaningful, but it's a start

 

http://www.khou.com/news/local/Galveston-seawall-parking-profits-now-top-83000-258907681.html

 

I've seen and heard some discussion that one option would be to ban seawall parking on the south side along the beach.  Presumably parking would then be on offsite lots or parking garages using shuttles.  I'm not sure I see that working out that well but it would be awesome to clear up that row of parking for some added space for pedestrians and landscaping along the seawall itself.  As it is now you've got people zigzagging around on bikes through the crowds, and just imagine if the seawall were lined with palm trees.  One area with sufficient width for some landscaping is the Fort Crockett seawall park and the recent improvements look great

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I have another idea. The Seawall is decades old even in the newest parts. What if a new seawall was built in front of the old seawall, and the old one was demolished for a widened promenade?

 

That's what I was thinking as well.  I like the Puerto Vallarta setup with the wider areas, curves and palm trees.

 

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Well, I wasn't even thinking "curves and palm trees" (although Galveston's a bit short on palm trees since Ike), I was just thinking how much more attractive the seawall itself it could be (and more functional), without getting rid of the parking. Unfortunately, all the landscaping won't do much for the beaches themselves, which have never been particularly great (even when seaweed/tar/sargassum ISN'T washing up)

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Well, I wasn't even thinking "curves and palm trees" (although Galveston's a bit short on palm trees since Ike), I was just thinking how much more attractive the seawall itself it could be (and more functional), without getting rid of the parking. Unfortunately, all the landscaping won't do much for the beaches themselves, which have never been particularly great (even when seaweed/tar/sargassum ISN'T washing up)

 

Which is why I think it would be no big deal to eat into the beach to build a wider and more interesting seawall.

 

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The Seawall is a historic landmark that gives Galveston a unique appearance over its 10+ mile length. It symbolizes the massive effort taken by determined survivors to rebuild the city to a higher and safer elevation following the devastation of the 1900 hurricane. The parallel parking spaces along Seawall Blvd. separate the pedestrian and bicycle traffic from the motor vehicle traffic on Seawall Blvd. Motor vehicles that are parked and stationary, or moving slowly in or out of parking paces, pose less danger to pedestrians and cyclists than do motor vehicles moving at the posted speed limit on Seawall Blvd.

All the above is from my perspective as an out of state tourist with an abiding interest in preserving historical landmarks and a long time Galveston devotee. 

 

 

 

 

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