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Overall, it's pretty daunting. Several lanes of roads, a foreboding overpass...but wait, check out the pedestrian experience:
|To the left is the train overpass. The asphalt area is for pedestrians/bikes, then green space, then finally a road.|
While this could be a disaster, with views of empty plazas and sheer stone, Vienna has done a remarkable job activating the space:
|Guertel Braeu - a brewery build underneath the subway line|
|Another bar, with sidewalk seating. Quite a large sidewalk between the tracks and the road.|
Yes, that's a McDonalds. That's a drive thru. It goes underneath the subway lanes. It's a brilliant way to activate the space that otherwise would just be a pass through for cars, plus it's easily walkable to get into the McDonalds.
While I certainly prefer the destruction of the I-70 overhead lanes and replacement with an at-grade boulevard - if MoDOT and other organizations are unwilling to do so, why not get creative and make the best of what we've got?