Rebuild… or ReStripe?
AS IT BEGAN to consider the walkability of its downtown in 2012, Cedar Rapids, IA, was leaning toward rebuilding five blocks of 3rd Street, an important axis terminating at its convention center. The plan called for a road diet with new, wider sidewalks, and was expected to cost about $3 million. It seemed like a good investment, until a lane audit of the surrounding area found that almost every street was twice the size it needed to be. Most were four-lane, half were one-way, and only one—the State highway—was carrying more than two-lanes worth of traffic.