Vine Street Corridor
Human Nature led a multi-disciplinary team through the audit and analysis of the existing conditions along the Vine Street Corridor, in order to fully understand the unique challenges and opportunities that would inspire conceptual design exploration. The Conceptual Exploration process yielded a broad spectrum of enhancement opportunities - from detailed materials and furnishings to bold infill and programming strategies that will truly transform the Vine Street Corridor and elevate it to one of Cincinnati’s greatest streets... our meridian. The organizing concept for the corridor is inspired by existing and potential programmable spaces and their relationship to civic assets within the urban core. The over-arching strategies for Vine Street are two-fold - moving the corridor from good to great, and creating a connected series of improvements that are scale-able and can be implemented over time.
Audit/Analysis through Concept Development
streetscapes + civic spaces
Vine Street Corridor
As one of the City’s most significant north/south corridors, Vine Street has the opportunity to be our most celebrated and sophisticated street in the urban core... our meridian!
The corridor is a diverse collage of assets and challenges, with a lack of cohesiveness and gaps of dead spaces between the assets.
Vine Street provides an opportunity to strengthen connections between the three major districts of the urban core - Riverfront, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.
Vine Street slices through the heart of the urban core, providing a variety of spatial experiences, views, land use opportunities, and stepping stones of activity.
Reinforcing the role of the corridor as both meridian and connector, the blocks adjacent to Vine Street feature a world class collection of civic assets within easy walking distance.
The widths of sidewalks and lanes available along the corridor provide opportunities to establish equity for pedestrians and envision uses of the street as a civic space, not just a corridor for moving vehicles.
Each district along the corridor provides different opportunities for civic space, redevelopment, branding and connectivity.
In an effort to support phased implementation of the new vision over time, the Block-by-Block overview provides an important tool for more focused discussions.
Create a streetscape of high quality materials and craftsmanship, celebrating this as our city’s highest new standard for street design and drawing inspiration from the existing historic architecture and civic spaces adjacent to the corridor.
Manage the corridor as a civic space where cars, buses, bicycles, pedestrians and programmed activities all co-exist in harmony and the new infrastructure exists to support that.
Filling the gaps between existing assets, expand the string of special moments as stepping stones of activity, encouraging visitors to move from one to the next, drawing them along the entire corridor.
The vision for the corridor is a collection of strategies and components that have been selected to work together as a complementary family of related elements to allow realization of the vision over time.
Dynamic streetscapes celebrate the vehicular and pedestrian scale with: improved intersections; consistent elements such as lighting, wayfinding and furnishings; varying elements such as pavement, public art and architectural features.
The over-arching strategies for the corridor are two-fold – moving the corridor from good to great, and creating a connected series of improvements that are scale-able and can be implemented over time.