The Collaborative is working with Friends of Bainbridge Green on a conceptual design for the stretch of Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th Streets. Originally home to a city marketplace, these blocks were last renovated in the 70’s to provide 175 parking spaces for South Street and Fabric Row.
The project included a median planting bed and a handful of public plazas, but paving and cars ultimately prevailed over pedestrians. Now it’s time, say the Friends, to rethink these existing open spaces to re-balance Bainbridge Green’s current car-centric ambience.
The Collaborative’s volunteer design team—landscape architect Erica Sollberger of Lansdowne Borough, Omar Rosa and Chris Nolan of Stantec, and Peter Denitz of Parsons Brinckerhoff—are working with a community task force organized by Friends of Bainbridge Green.
Plan Philly's Eyes on the Street reports, “Friends of Bainbridge Green hopes to turn ‘four dilapidated and broken’ small pedestrian plazas at the end of each block into true public spaces. Beyond reworking the pedestrian plazas, neighbors hope to enhance Bainbridge Green's planted spaces, offer a sense of its history, and create a welcoming gateway to Fabric Row…
… At the first meeting of Friends of Bainbridge Green and the design team on Tuesday night, neighbors expressed hope that Bainbridge Green could become more like a neighborhood commons… Key to any plan for Bainbridge Green will be figuring out ways to maximize and grow the public spaces without removing many or any parking spaces… As Peter Denitz noted, there's a lot of road real estate here and the goal is to ‘liberate Bainbridge Green as much as possible.’”