Best Example of City Efficiency

The Scott Avenue remodel

Staff Pick

There are plenty of cranks who will say mean things about the city, and we count ourselves among them much of the time. But we were dazzled by the Scott Avenue makeover. Not only did the city get neighborhood residents, designers, business owners, engineers, utilities and cultural organizations to play nice; they did it in record time: less than 12 months, including the design process. What else to love about it? The solar-illuminated turquoise trail, the dog water fountain, lots of shade trees and gryphon tracks in the sidewalk. Best of all: water-runoff-harvesting curb cuts. These should be required in any new street construction from this day forward.

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