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Old Posted Jan 7, 2021, 3:48 PM
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This is a bit of a nitpick but I wish downtown Erie had some better streetscape design.
Agreed. And I'm glad other people notice the seemingly small details that actually can go a long way in improving the overall look and feel of a neighborhood. Downtown could definitely use a more coehsive look. Not that everything has to look exactly the same, but it looks hodgepodge... like piecemeal attempts when a little bit of money comes in each time.

Regarding street signs though... time for uniformity in the city. Enough with those cheap, green ones... they look like the letters and numbers are taped on. It's really cheap looking.

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I agree about lower downtown. Its odd and desolate; and a shame because the potential is incredible there. It just takes a little imagination and industriousness. So many cool projects could be proposed along the bluff and into the bayfront -- e.g. modern apartment buildings flowing into a bluff park (with seating and pathways) and onward to the bayfront. Its so unique you could play around with several blueprints and come out with a very desirable win.

People like us need to be running downtown development and city council. Sure it takes hard work, dedication, patience, faith, marketing, etc. but the plan now seems to be let the kings rule and sit back and watch. THINK BIG!

With that said, the current progress is incredibly welcomed and encouraging.
I'm cautiously optimistic that the bayfront parkway redesign can spur greater and more focused interest on connection between lower downtown and the bayfront proper. I agree that there's tons of good potential for the bluff... a true linear park (not the half-assed and intermittent attempt that's there now) with connections to the water would be huge for Erie.

Ha! I would be much more involved if I actually lived in Erie, but I'm still an interested native. It seems to me that there is newer blood involved at the city level, and it's good that some of the big players are finally stepping up to the plate after watching their surroundings crumble (literally) around them for decades.
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Regarding street signs though... time for uniformity in the city. Enough with those cheap, green ones... they look like the letters and numbers are taped on. It's really cheap looking.
Are you talking about the older green ones (all uppercase: "PEACH ST") or the newer ones they are replacing them with (Uppercase and lowercase: "Peach St")?
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Are you talking about the older green ones (all uppercase: "PEACH ST") or the newer ones they are replacing them with (Uppercase and lowercase: "Peach St")?
Yup, the older green ALL CAPS signs. Very generic-looking... I imagine that they were the absolute cheapest ones available, and some streets department dude who had been there since the 1970s made the decision with zero thought nor consultation with anyone else... because that's the way things were long done in all facets of city of Erie govt.

The newer blue signs have some presence and quality to them.
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I made this map about a year and a half ago, so some things may be inaccurate at this point but it highlights where potential infill projects could go downtown.

Red indicates a surface parking lot. Yellow indicates a vacant lot. Blue indicates a current project being built on a previous parking/vacant lot.

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West 8th Street streetscape improvements

West 8th Street from Greengarden Road to Pittsburgh Avenue will be getting a complete makeover starting this spring and taking about six months to complete.

PennDOT has plans to enhance the corridor by adding curbs, wider sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, street trees, marked street parking, and LED pedestrian lighting.

The intersection at Lincoln Ave will be upgraded as well.

Hopefully the section of 8th Street (Pittsburgh Ave-Peninsula Dr.) in Millcreek also gets an upgrade sometime soon as well.

https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/43...4XT7rluocD_JeQ
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^ good to see that the planned improvements are moving forward. And I agree regarding the continued stretch of W8th thru Millcreek. I believe similar streetscape improvement plans have been in the works for W8th in the township as well. Making the street more pedestrian friendly (Millcreek doesn't even have sidewalks!) will go a long way in revitalizing this busy corridor.
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