From the Site Studio, General

All Aboard: The S-Line Streetcar Video

In 2010,  CRSA was hired by the Salt Lake City RDA to develop the existing rail corridor between  Central Point Station and Sugarmont Drive in Sugarhouse. Working with the RDA and the Utah Transit Authority,  CRSA conceptualized the corridor for  use as a greenway and a  new streetcar line. CRSA Designer/ Project Manager Steve Cornell  and Lead Landscape Designer Bryce Ward narrate.

You can view the full video here.

Or learn about individual segments of the S-Line in one of our segment videos here.

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From the Site Studio

A Community Worth Caring About

Urban Design. Smart Growth. Complete Streets. Livable Cities. We have many terms all driving at a core concept of “place making”—using design principles, demographic research, emerging technologies, and case-study experience to create truly human-focused environments. The Sugar House Redevelopment is a collection of projects with that aim, and is beginning to see the results of years of effort: the creation of a place worth visiting, worth living in, and worth being proud of. (*Note: Of the features listed below, CRSA designed the Monument Plaza and the Street Car Greenway)

SugarHouseWalk

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From the Site Studio

A Modern Streetcar in Utah

Historic Salt Lake Streetcar

Image Source: http://mayor.slcgov.com/?p=434

By Susie Petheram. Susie is a Senior Planner with CRSA’s Site Studio and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design.

In the early to mid-20th century–due to the advent of new transportation technologies such as the gas-powered, rubber-tired motor coach–streetcars were phased out as a public transportation option. After 75 years of service, the last streetcars in Salt Lake City ran in 1946, while Ogden ceased 50 years of service in 1935. In smaller towns, such as Logan, Brigham City, and Provo, the streetcar operated for brief periods ranging from 1910 to 1924.

Fast forward 67 years, and the streetcar is beginning its comeback. Continue reading

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From the Site Studio

Thoughts on Reading our Urban Fabric

Ryan Wallace works with CRSA’s SITE and Higher Education Studios
Granary District Tracks to Downtown

“Cities need old buildings so badly, it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them.”

This passage from the now famous book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, reveals author Jane Jacobs’ beliefs about the importance of retaining old buildings, even if they are considered to function poorly by the standards of the day. She goes on to argue the importance of old buildings in providing affordability for young families and creative individuals to live in urban neighborhoods. This diversity of age, occupation and income is integral to creating a vibrant street life, in her opinion. Continue reading

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