The Texas Facilities Commission has produced a radical new document [warning: HUGE], outlining the ways they want to completely overhaul our state capitol. Check out some of their new ideas:
Trees, trees, and more trees! The plan calls for shade trees to line all the streets, as well as the entrances to buildings.
As the capitol of Texas, the plants in the complex should be truly Texan, like this handsome grass.
Intersections will no longer be designed just as danger points for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to crash into each other. Trees, bulbouts, two-way streets, and well-designed crosswalks will all make for more humane crossing points.
Anyone who has ever walked the soulsucking depths of the San Jacinto parking canyon knows the dreary depths to which it sinks your very mortal essence. New plans call for 67% less soulsucking through ground floor uses in parking garages, more street trees, and better use of street right of way.
A massive new pedestrian mall would be the pièce de résistance, stretching from the Capitol to the University of Texas. A place for the public to both enjoy the outdoors in a friendly setting and walk through the capitol grounds.
Deep below the pedestrian mall will lie a parking garage, hidden from sight, so that the grounds themselves can be enjoyed by people.
The end result? The Capitol will resemble Austin’s 2nd Street a lot more–a place where walking is no only comfortable, but natural.