Located in Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, the Blount and Person corridors can be seen through multiple lenses: as major urban thoroughfares, commercial corridors and as neighborhood streets. They pass through distinct communities with strong histories, different needs and priorities, yet they must function as a system, serving each of these communities in different capacities.
Carlos Perez served as the Project Manager and Urban Designer for the AECOM design team that was hired by the City of Raleigh to identify multi-modal transportation and streetscape design options programmatic strategies to improve the corridors at all of these scales, with a particular focus on how transportation and streetscape strategies impact placemaking and economic development. The study covered the entire 5 mile section of the Blount-Person corridor and featured at least 4 different subareas for the purpose of transportation analysis, streetscape design, and community outreach. Analysis was performed at the subarea scale and full project corridor scale, with acknowledgement of potential impacts to the broader transportation system.
The study provide detailed multi-modal transportation and streetscape recommendations based upon stakeholder input and a thorough understanding of community values, history, and future development scenarios. The study also included detailed transportation scenario models, streetscape plans, and analysis of the potential impacts to community character and economic development potential, as well as recommendations, cost estimates and strategies for project implementation.