Auburn makes national Landscape Architecture Magazine

Auburn's South Division Street made the March edition of Landscape Architecture Magazine, a national publication.

Auburn was among the cities featured in the article, "Curbless Appeal, The Traditional Flat Edge Seems Novel (by Lisa Owens Viani).

The article explains how Paul Fuesel, ASLA, of KPG has worked on many curbless streets in Washington, including Auburn's four-block festival street on South Division Street that can be closed off for events. He has worked with groups like LightHouse for the Blind to come up with good designs for visually impaired people.

As Viani wrote about the Auburn block: "The new street treats stormwater, which collects in dark bands of permeable concrete that cross the street: Beneath the street; a reservoir stores and evaporates the stormwater. Fuesel did not use truncated domes in this project, either; instead he created a "shoreline" of textured concrete that can be read by a cane. In some spots he used planters to provide the defining edge for a cane. Fuesel points out that there are currently no exact specs that designers can rely on in creating tactile signals for the visually impaired, although he expects that standards may be codífied soon."



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