COURT STREET PLAZA
For years, the northern section of Cincinnati’s Central Business District – particularly the area around Court Street – has been dealing with crumbling infrastructure, vacant structures, and underutilized buildings. A handful of core businesses notwithstanding, the area surrounding Court Street has steadily fallen into disrepair. In early 2019, a Pedestrian Task Force was created in a joint effort with the City of Cincinnati. The Task Force’s mission was to pinpoint pedestrian and traffic improvement needs, facilitate community engagement and meetings, and, along with Human Nature and 3CDC, develop design options for an updated plaza. Thanks to its outreach efforts, the task force was able to arrive at a plan the community supported. The result is Court Street Plaza, a streetscape improvement project along Court Street from Vine Street to the east and Walnut street to the west.
The new design will widen pedestrian sidewalks, which makes it more pedestrian-friendly, and allows for a better opportunity for outdoor dining by restaurants located within the plaza. Reconfigured driving pavement will allow for a festival-style street design, allowing for vehicular closure of the street and opening the entire street to pedestrians for organized events. One lane of traffic each way will be maintained, and metered parking spaces will also remain intact.
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