University of New Mexico students provided some ideas to the City of Albuquerque on how to dress up its stretch of Route 66, reported KOB-TV.
Students came up with renderings and designs to help the city rehabilitate parts of Central Ave. Some ideas include creating walkways over I-25, adding more parks and open-air markets along Central.
The idea is to create spaces that bring people together, just like the Route 66 of the 1950’s.
The students are part of the City Lab class, where the city gave the class free space downtown in exchange of picking the students’ brains. According to a recent university press release about the class:
Students currently taking a studio course at CityLab are looking at Rt. 66 using a study on walkable blocks – an assessment of what is a comfortable walking distance, and adapting that to Albuquerque.