Cincinnati proposes to shrink Central Parkway

Cincinnati proposes to shrink Central Parkway

The city of Cincinnati is proposing to shrink Central Parkway down to one or two traffic lanes in each direction as it aims to redesign the part of the artery that connects downtown to Over-the-Rhine and the West End to be more pedestrian friendly and spur development.

The city unveiled four options for Central Parkway between Plum and Liberty streets on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at a workshop to get citizen input. More than 100 attended, with the city planning another fall workshop and an Oct. 1 deadline for public comment on the plans. It will refine and select a preferred option to try to fund. The city already has received 500 survey responses.

The survey data so far shows the public wants a safer, smaller street that’s easier to cross and use for pedestrians and bicyclists. Two out of three respondents believe Central Parkway is too wide, while three-fourths believe people drive too fast on the road.

More than a century ago, Cincinnati planners envisioned Central Parkway as a striking, tree-lined promenade to replace the dirty, antiquated Miami-Erie Canal. A group of citizens and business owners want to revive the vision of Cincinnati having its own version of Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Elysees or Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue, making it an attractive pedestrian-centered mecca primed for development.

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