Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District president Barbara Adler calls the fence running from 76th to 77th Streets “the ugliest thing on Columbus Avenue.”
I’m actually not sure if “ugly” is a strong enough word, but that might not remain the case much longer: The block is due for a new environmentally friendly streetscape that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
DNAinfo has details on the plan, which will feature “up to five new trees, five new metal benches, expanded tree beds and plantings and possibly a free bike station.”
If the project goes well (the BID hopes to begin work in the fall), components of the new streetscape may be applied along the length of Columbus Avenue.
Here’s a mock-up of the proposed improvements (image from Columbus Avenue BID, via DNAinfo):
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