Streetscaping can serve as critical infrastructure to improve downtown. Almost every plan completed for downtown since 1995 has recommended streetscaping, recognizing that the most important open spaces in cities are their streets and that Greensboro’s streetscape is relatively weak. Just as a front yard serves as the entry to and frame for a suburban home, so does the street in an urban neighborhood. Streetscaping can:
- Increase connectivity between disjointed nodes, as well as connecting the proposed Greenway to downtown;
- Improve the pedestrian experience, encouraging people to walk around downtown and spend more time there;
- Reinvigorate districts and encourage private investment;
- Reduce speeding traffic, and encourage more walking and biking.