Avoid investments in new elevated structures when they only serve a singular purpose. Opportunities for improvements should be identified throughout the city where these structures exist.
This reconstruction responds to the reallocation of space at grade, while the elevated structure remains in place.
Improve the safety and character of the space by introducing active uses underneath the elevated structure, such as pop-up stores, markets, cafés, and active recreation equipment.
Add lighting, colors, and surface treatments. When noise levels are high, install sound-reducing panels, acoustic ceilings, or buffers to mitigate noise pollution
Redesign travel lanes in both directions to allow for wider sidewalks and new cycle facilities.
Add trees and green infrastructure elements to improve the quality of the streets and provide public health and environmental benefits, such as cleaner air, reduced heat island effect, and better stormwater management. See: Green Infrastructure.
Add mid-block crossings to increase and improve access to the newly activated central spaces. See: Pedestrian Crossings.
Introduce median-to-median crossings to position the spaces as a continuous mall.
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia