The River Walks of San Antonio Move to Providence

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by William Diaz Warner, William D. Warner, Architects &, Planners, Exeter, RI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterfront Planning and Development:

Abstract: At the historic heart of Providence, Rhode Island, three rivers divide the city into three areas. Nearly one mile of river corridors have been abused over the last century, resulting in a legacy of decked-over rivers for parking, a confused traffic circulation pattern, and dangerous pedestrian crossings. Project Objectives: To reclaim the beauty and usefulness of the City's rivers. To provide river boat access. To improve access along and across the rivers for walking and bicycling. To clarify the traffic pattern and provide alternative transportation options. To assure public use of and access to the total length of the waterfront edge. To reduce flooding hazards posed by siltation and buildings built over the rivers. To enhance the setting of bordering historic buildings. Project Features: Create a 'Y' shaped landscaped river corridor at the center of the City which will connect existing parks, accommodate boat traffic, and establish an independent walkway system. Improve and consolidate traffic patterns by constructing a boulevard on one side of the rivers and a linear park on the other.

Subject Headings: High-rise buildings | Rivers and streams | Water transportation | Small craft | Urban areas | Islands | Transportation corridors | River crossing | North America | United States | Rhode Island | Providence | Texas | San Antonio

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