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@Doug -- I'm a big fan of highways with nice planted medians, so I won't really argue with you on that point.

However, a nice highway median is rarely anything more than something that's nice to look at. Jefferson and Madison Ave are not 5-lane highways, and the mall would be a pretty bleak place if they were.

In this case, the area has a lot of potential to develop into a lively commercial and residential district. The center of a 5-lane traffic circle will never turn into a lively public space, and will likely impede the development of the areas around it.

I'm open to DDOT trying something clever in this area, but the oval seems pretty hard to defend.

by andrew on Jan 2, 2013 4:28 pm • linkreport

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