Deanna Murphy (MCRP '10) brainstorms ideas for Decatur Street and the Boulevard Tunnel

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Architects and planners are creative people who often must work with limits. Clients give them a specific budget. A building can be only so tall. Elected officials in a certain neighborhood probably won't support a certain design or idea. Creative Loafing decided to ask three local architects and planners to ignore the obstacles and brainstorm what they'd like to see happen in certain areas around town to improve the community. The only rule: They had to convey this vision on a cocktail napkin, the universal paper product that catches spilled drops from drinks, phone numbers from strangers, and sketches while waiting on the check.

SCaRP alumna Deanna Murphy chose Decatur Street and Boulevard Tunnel. She porposes capping a portion of the Boulevard tunnel to create a "living room" park, a greenspace where people can enjoy each other and the views. In addition, redevelopment of the vacant lot into neighborhood retail, dining, and housing would complement the "living room" by bringing more people to the area and really enlivening this intersection.

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  • Created By: Jessie Brandon
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  • Created On: May 11, 2015 - 4:41am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:27pm