A New Approach to Retrofitting a Dangerous Suburban Road

Streets Blog USA 

Erie Boulevard East in Dewitt, New York, is ugly, stressful, and dangerous. It’s also entirely unremarkable in America’s suburban landscape.

The defining feature of this grey, six-lane road is its weed-lined concrete median. If you even try to walk or bike on Erie Boulevard, you’ll immediately feel like you’re doing something wrong.

The street has “absolutely no regard to aesthetics or humanity,” said Sam Gordon, Dewitt’s director of planning. “It’s existed that way ever since that was put in.”