Eleanor McKinney  
phone: (512) 445-5202
Landscape Architect fax: (512) 445-3432
 

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Guadalupe Streetscape

The major street defining the western edge of The University of Texas campus is commonly known as the Drag. For years it has been the place where the university meets the city. In 1995, the University Area Partners, an association of area businesses and neighborhoods determined streetscape improvements would benefit the area between 21st and 24th streets. Black and Vernooy Architects sought to redefine the street section, narrowing lanes, relocating the bicycle path, and widening sidewalks to facilitate planting of street trees. An innovative approach was developed for the health of urban trees based on a nation wide trend to create a continuous tree trench the entire length of a block. The trench is then backfilled with a structural soil and pavers laid on top.