Major Street Redesign Planned in Cincinnati

The Court Street corridor in Cincinnati is getting a comprehensive makeover, with money approved last week by the City Council.

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September 6, 2020, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Cincinnati, Ohio

The scene on Court Street in front of the Kroger corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, as of April 2019. | Google Streetview

"Cincinnati City Council unanimously approved an $8.8 million project to revamp Court Street downtown between Vine and Walnut streets, widening the sidewalks and removing the median and some on-street parking to make the area more friendly to pedestrians," reports Chris Wetterich in a paywalled article

An earlier article by Pat LaFleur and Kristen Swilley provides an open access look into the details of the project, as unveiled in late August to culminate the work of a task force convened by Mayor John Caranley in 2019. 

"The current configuration includes one traffic lane in each direction, two parking lanes in each direction, and a narrow median separating the two. The new nearly $9 million design calls for eliminating the median and some of the parking in order to widen the sidewalk space on both the north and south side of the street," according to LaFleur and Swilley. 

According to LaFleur and Swilley, the proposal has met some pushback from local businesses concerned about the lack of parking, but other businesses are seeking more foot traffic and outdoor dining space.

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