Size: 1/2 mile
"Among its many positive features, the bus stop shelter reflected design with dignity, for neighbors and community who are transit dependent, do not own a car and deserve a lovely spot to wait, meet up. This sensitivity to social/economic context is to be applauded." - ASLA Jury
This $3.6 million streetscape renovation aims to help the City of Paramount re-envision the character of their downtown and improve the safety of pedestrians by reinvigorating the 1/2 mile streetscape of Paramount Boulevard, between Jackson Street and Madison Street.
The project required a full analysis of the uses, arrangements, engineering, and mobility of cars and pedestrians throughout the area, as well as an understanding of what improvements should be encouraged on neighboring properties to support the plan.
As part of the process, the district was evaluated for opportunities and constraints on both public and private property, and a 'kit of parts' was employed in order to bring a positive impact to the streetscape experience. The 'parts' consisted of: a signalized intersection, mid-block pedestrian crossings, a public parklet, custom bus stop trellises, traffic calming medians, public dining paseo, parkway planting and new sidewalks, bulb-outs at intersections, on street parking, graphic crosswalks, pedestrian lighting, bike racks and street furniture.
An inviting pedestrian environment was created by reducing traffic lanes to accommodate widened sidewalks with curb adjacent landscaping and enhanced lighting.
"Paramount Boulevard design elevates the importance of pedestrians and the local community's needs by creating inclusive pedestrian walkways, bus shelters, and seating areas. The design is an excellent example for other cities in California to follow as a prototype of an urban corridor redevelopment where vehicular traffic and pedestrians coexist in harmony with nature." - ASLA Jury