EOst wrote: ↑
April 25th, 2020, 5:47 pm
The abundant green of the Midtown Greenway trench isn't an incidental quality, it's key to the success of the trail as a recreational amenity and intimately connected to its appeal as a commuting option. You can see that in the very different use that a trail like the Hiawatha trail.
Sometimes there are comments here that seem to think people are actually routing algorithms whose only goal is optimizing travel times to the greatest possible degree. We aren't, and we don't think that way.
It's not that at all; I just don't think that modifications to the walls are inherently incompatible with that appeal. Here's
a spot where climbing/hanging plants help maintain that sense of greenery even with a retaining wall. Here's
a segment where the walls are vertical but there's still a buffer of wild greenery.
It's not like there are two options, one being zero changes and the other being a concrete ditch à la the Los Angeles River. It's also not likely that there would be any reason to remove all
the sloped walls, or shrubs, or whatever other feature--the corridor varies in width and any changes would probably be focused on chokepoints. In fact, it's really the bridges that I worry about as a more likely sticking point than the walls.