Today is the official opening day of the traffic triangle at 42nd and Woodland that the University City District (UCD) characterized as "forlorn," "lifeless" and "redundant" a couple months ago. But today the neighborhood revitalization juggernaut celebrates the official unveiling of the triangle's new self: the Woodland Pedestrian Plaza, which—though different—doesn't exactly seem to be the "verdant oasis" UCD was aiming for. In fact, it looks a little like developer Ori Feibush's rogue gentrification park in Point Breeze, only less comfortable. Maybe the phrases "verdant oasis" and "traffic triangle" just don't go together.
· Woodland Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Unveiled [UCD]
· Sad Traffic Triangle Wants to Feel Better About Itself [CPHI]