Work is underway to transform the bending intersection of North Street (where Franklin becomes Linwood) into a non-thoroughfare intersection (see post from 2007). The corner has never quite worked right and can be quite confusing at times. Until now, cars racing down Franklin have zoomed through the bend in order to catch the yellow light. The middle of the intersection was a sprawling stretch of roadway that ate away at the character of the neighborhood. Soon, Sisti Park, located in front of Tapestry Charter School, will have additional greenspace making it more desirable as a destination for people who live nearby.
BRO’s Steel once wrote about this corner and how the landscape and the buildings contributed to a brilliant sense of urbanism. A combination of tall apartment buildings with commercial corner stores and gallery, along with the Church of the Ascension, Tapestry Charter School, historic mansions and Sisti Park make this a desirable corner to live near. Now, with the traffic calming measures being put into place, this neighborhood will become more walkable and more inviting. There will be clear delineations marking both Linwood and Franklin as well. For years people have complained about the speeding cars on this street. This infrastructure improvement should help to alleviate much of those traffic concerns.