The 145th Street corridor has been identified as a site concurrently for various city planning and local community group initiatives. The purpose of our study is to analyze this developing area, where carbon emissions from transportation and residential energy use are contributing to poor air quality and global warming. We also identify the corridor as having the potential to become an example of a sustainable urban community.
We analyze this corridor from river to river, breaking social East-West barriers with a unifying approach to the community. We find that the corridor has a unique identity, with great potential for future development. Through analysis of its characteristics, we locate several “soft sites” along the corridor that are prime targets for retail and residential usage and identify three major parks as key community assets. A ground floor inventory of building fronts and streetscapes along 145th street suggest that retrofitting vacant storefronts and enhancing lighting will contribute to better services, greater safety, and increased walk-ability. In addition, street-level trees and green roofs will help improve air quality and promote a happier, healthier community.
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