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Restoring Sidewalk Space for People By Gardening: Local Business Edition

Today I was out walking with DC along West Weaver Street, and I started noticing all the curb cuts for various driveways. Really, a curb cut is a big red flag for people walking that implicitly says “stop relaxing and look out, you could be endangered at a moment’s notice by a car here!”

But then I walked by Carrboro Family Vision, and noticed what a great job they had done to unplug this dynamic. Look at how they’ve succeeded through the magic of Google Streetview’s older photos.

Carrboro Family Vision Building – 2012

Carrboro Family Vision 2012

Carrboro Family Vision Building – Upgrade in Progress September 2014

Carrboro Family Vision Upgrades In ProgressCarrboro Family Vision – April 2016

carrfamvision-2016This was my view on a recent beautiful sunny Saturday. Instead of parking spaces, we have planters, flowers, a friendly notice of services available, and a garden path to their door and bike rack. (not visible in photo but it’s right around the corner) The curb cut still remains at left, but this space has been reassigned from cars to people very effectively.

When businesses need examples of how to be more pedestrian friendly at the curb, this is a great outcome to hold up. Great job Carrboro Family Vision!

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