The wise folks behind Greenway Commons — the new shopping center replacing the old HISD headquarters building at the corner of Richmond and Weslayan — have apparently taken some extra-special steps to make sure the new development (which includes a brand-new Costco) is super-friendly to pedestrian visitors!
Making everything welcoming to people arriving on foot makes sense — the project had been criticized for exhibiting suburban-style development patterns in a location that some dreamers had imagined would be a street-fronting mixed-use center. It’s already a busy corner, and Metro’s new University Line will have a stop only a short walk away.
But “easy to access” can also mean “boring.” So it’s comforting to see these pictures of the project’s street edge sent in by a reader, which show a gentle, fun infrastructure-themed obstacle course taking shape along the new Weslayan and Richmond sidewalks in front of Trammell Crow’s grand development:
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It looks like visitors and passers-by in wheelchairs will be able to get in on the entertainment too, as they navigate this ramp at the corner of Weslayan and Richmond:
Bicyclists won’t be left out either — they’ve got a fun lane too!
Sadly, the reader who sent these photos has no appreciation for the years of careful planning that went into creating this unique project:
what genious approved the sidewalks along Weslayan and Richmond? How would the ADA approve this? Does common sense and an Engineering Degree in Texas allow obstacles cemented in sidewalks? Is this what the Department of Public Works and Engineering approves?