‘First draft’ released of transformation of Bainbridge Green

Bainbridge Street from 3rd to 5th streets could get a lot prettier, and neighbor-friendly, if the Friends of Bainbridge Green call pull this off.

This is the proposed view from 4th Street, from the QVNA website
This is the proposed view of the 4th Street intersection. Renderings come from the QVNA website

The friends group announced on the Queen Village Neighbors Association website that a conceptual design has been completed for turning what is now mostly a gated parking median into a tranquil strip of park. The design was funded by a $25,000 in-kind grant of professional services from the Community Design Collaborative.

One integral aspect of the plan was to come up with a design that would provide a gathering place while also maintaining the parking along Bainbridge. Pedestrian safety was also a top goal.

“Bainbridge Green is not only just a place, but an idea,” said Jonathan Rubin, writing on the QVNA website. “It represents the new and the old Philadelphia, connecting South Street, Fabric Row, and Queen Village into one diverse and vibrant tapestry.

View of "Monument Plaza" from 4th Street.
View of “Monument Plaza” from 4th Street.

Rubin noted on the website that is just a first draft, not a finalized proposal. The changes the friends group hopes to make include widening the park, adding lighting, seating and a walking path, and improving the “plazas” on 3rd, 4th, and 5th streets to allow for community programming and events.

Rubin said in the post that the conceptual plan is the beginning of a yearlong process of sharing the idea with community stakeholders and politicians. It will likely see changes and has not been funded.

The site plan.
The site plan.

To keep up with the progress, or to volunteer, find the Friends of Bainbridge Green on Facebook here.

2 thoughts on “‘First draft’ released of transformation of Bainbridge Green

  • January 28, 2014 at 10:44 am

    less ambitious than closing to traffic altogether, but a huge improvement over the sh!tshow that’s there now.

  • January 29, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with having parking in a residential neighborhood. There are many adjacent commercial areas that would be better future candidates for pedestrian zones.

    In my opinion, one of the big unaddressed issues is the dangerous and unpleasant intersection of 4th and Bainbridge. There are too many car movements at this junction. I think the southern portion of Bainbridge should be closed at both ends where it meets 4th Street. A second turnaround could be installed between 4th and 5th. This would have no negative affect on parking access. The intersection could be consolidated and made into a standard two-way. This would make it much safer and easier to navigate for cars, pedestrians, and bikes. It would draw people into the space because they wouldn’t have to cross the street when coming north from Fabric Row.

    My second objection is the sidewalk constriction at intersections. I know this is considered helpful in contemporary American planning, but it’s really bad for bikes. It could work with very low traffic volume and speeds, but in practice these sidewalk extensions are just dangerous pinch points.

    Basically, the existing design looks viable in an area that has very low traffic volume and low speeds. That is absolutely not the case in Queen Village.

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