It’s been awhile since our last installment of the “Wasted Space” conversations (RiverSouth, Convention Center Parking Lot, Neil & Vine) but one thing that’s been catching my attention lately on the map is the giant chunk of southeastern downtown real estate currently being used as a connector between 71, 70, and the ramps in between the highways and the streets nearby.
Highway caps are no stranger to discussion around here, but those can only do so much to conceal our downtown highway scars that currently segregate our city’s neighborhoods. What (if anything) can be done about this big spaghetti-looking mess? Some of it is landscaped a bit, which just means long grass that rarely gets mowed and highway trash that rarely gets picked up.
Anyone have any ideas for a fix? Would it be possible to dig a little deeper, bury the whole thing, and build over top of it? Or would that be too restrictive for future highway expansion?