From Interstate to Urban Core

May 2010


May 28, 2010 11:21 PM
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May 28, 2010 11:16 PM
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May 28, 2010 11:04 PM
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Image below depict the bridge structure with urban garden atop to be utilized as an educational tool within the park blocks and lightrail stops.


Diagram 275 overall

May 28, 2010 11:02 PM
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Proposed Figure Ground

May 28, 2010 10:57 PM
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Existing Figure Ground

May 28, 2010 8:27 PM
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Existing Land Use

May 28, 2010 8:26 PM
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Proposed Land Use

May 28, 2010 8:24 PM
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May 28, 2010 8:21 PM
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May 28, 2010 8:04 PM
George Scarfe

In an effort to minimize waste our proposal utilizes the existing bridge infrastructure to provide shade and shelter within open space along our proposed lightrail station. The former driving surface can then be utilized as an Urban Educational Garden providing a visible display for many people commuting, shopping and working along the alignment of the multi-modal transit network.


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The Urban Fabric Formerly Known as Interstate 275


Team members

George Scarfe, Paul Martinez and Steve Flositz



City of Tampa Florida



Within the City of Tampa there is a divide. The infrastructure for Interstate 275 cuts directly through some of the most valuable land in the City. We propose a change to this consumption based use of land that produces nothing more than pollutants and disconnect. In order to create equity within the City we have taken advantage of the currently proposed Florida High-speed Rail corridor from Tampa to Orlando. Current proposals show a large Station located along side of the Interstate that will further divide the neighborhoods from the downtown. The land in our proposal is currently owned by The Florida Department of Transportation and utilized for vehicular traffic or buffer zones. We would propose a transfer of ownership that allows a productive land use for produce, farming, plazas, parks and sustainable private ownership that all contribute to a healthier Urban environment. While the removal of traffic from an Interstate system sounds very wasteful we are proposing the keeping of the concrete infrastructure to be utilized as new infrastructure for all the new development to come. Across from our rail station we propose the most removal of infrastructure to create shading devices and areas above grade to grow crops for markets and restaurants in the area. In order to support the transportation by vehicle that would be lost we propose a streetcar and lightrail network that encourages living close to work and limits the commuter mentality. Further value gained through the infrastructure retained will be the introduction of topography to the Florida landscape for use as rolling hills within the City.

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