Government Street Urban Design Pilot Project: Baton Rouge, LA

Client: Mid City Redevelopment Alliance

Summary: Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, a nonprofit agency focused on revitalization and home ownership in one of Baton Rouge’s oldest disadvantaged communities, commissioned Dana Brown & Associates, Inc.* to develop a design plan for several blocks of Government Street. The plan not only incorporated guidelines and requirements of the Government Street Urban Design Overlay District (UDOD), but also remedies illegal parking issues, addresses traffic and pedestrian safety, and provides additional public open space.

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Services:

  • Provided guidelines for development activity along Government Street designed to strengthen the physical and economic character of the corridor
  • Addressed key issues including illegal parking along the street, unused signage, vacant buildings, lack of street trees, and a shortage of safe public walkways
  • Designed new strategies to provide shared commercial parking areas behind the buildings
  • Developed alternative transportation options by incorporating the addition of bus stops, bicycle parking amenities, and a continuous pedestrian walkway and crosswalk system
  • The Government Street Urban Design Overlay District was adopted by the Metro Council and the City Parish Planning Commission, and became effective September 2007

* formerly known as BROWN+DANOS landdesign, inc.

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