The Kanawha City Corridor Study addressed the pedestrian problems that have resulted from the migration of our Nation’s dependence on the motor vehicle as the primary mode of transportation. What began as a community originally planned to revolve around its residents, over time Kanawha City has seen its role reversed due to the dominance of the automobile, causing its residents to be disconnected from their surroundings, while losing its sense of identity in the process. The Plan identified a collection of initiatives which will create a framework that can be used by the City of Charleston as a guide for implementation of renovation and future development projects.
Recommendations for each district in Kanawha City will help the City to create a more livable community within the Corridor. Finally, the recommendations are rounded out with suggestions for the improvement of MacCorkle Avenue, the main transportation corridor of the community. These included streetscape changes including lighting improvements, sidewalk adjustments, parking redesign, and the addition of street trees, and potentially placing the road on a diet by narrowing and reducing the number of lanes to create a more pedestrian focused environment.
The awards jury called the design “a thorough and well defined display, and explanation of the new code interpretation and how it influences planning analysis for the corridor”. They further commented on the “well defined walkability circles”, “thorough presentation of research to include analysis, concept design and master planning”, and the “excellent description of Charleston and how the corridor is influenced by context.”