Will the East Campus Redevelopment project be connected to Old Town College Park with through streets? While the issue is far from settled, rumors have emerged that there are city residents advocating for both blocking and keeping open to traffic the streets connecting East Campus to Old Town to vehicular traffic. We think closing the streets would be a mistake: enhancing connectivity would ease pressure on the intersection of Route One and Paint Branch Parkway, enhance the project, and if designed and managed intelligently would not negatively impact the residential streets.
In November 2006, well before any plans for East Campus were released, we published a list of ten principles for the development of the site. In our list we argued Old Town should be connected both to Paint Branch and also (by implication) the East Campus project. We have heard that there are Old Town residents advocating both for and against such connections, and hope this debate can become more public before any decisions are made. Luckily Foulger Pratt’s plan emphasizes connectivity and a widespread consensus exists that bicycle amenities and paths should be expanded.
Adding connections in both this area and elsewhere could add options and ease bottlenecks by creating a more permeable street grid.
The East Campus public Community Steering Committee meeting on Transportation will be held October 8th, 7:30 p.m., Atrium Room (1107) of the Stamp Student Union.