Preston Corridor: Group C
In group C. we observed the middle of the Preston Corridor, stretching from Washington Park to near Downtown Charlottesville. I observed the Wellness Center at the Corner of Rose Hill and Preston Avenue and “Ship and Pack” which is located very close to the train tracks. From walking down the Preston Corridor, we viewed many of Emily Talen’s views on how we can better this area, focusing on proximity, denstiy. parking and traffic. In our area we noticed that the buildings were not in close proximity to each other and it appeared that little development was occuring to fill in these empty locations. This lack of quick access from one place to another increases traffic, drecreases walkabailiy and public transit use. along Preston, small businesses were spread far with large parking lots. This low density area needs significant improvement. This city is very commercial with public transit and is near civic institutions such as the Pavillion at the Downtown Mall, the University of Virginia and Monticello. For example, my first image of “Ship&Pack” is in a super low-density area with nothing around except a few sporadic buildings nearby. This area could be much better used to accomodate city parking, multi-residential housing etc. Parking in Charlottesville is also an issue. There are not enough vertical parking buildings, causing sprawl and the fact there are not enough parking facilities increases congestion. The traffic in this area is not horrible like many other parts of charlottesville, but it is heavy. The second images are in front of a busy inteserction, making it difficult to access and causing small traffic backups.
The four images above show before pictures of the buildings as they look when you see them in person. The after pictures, on the right are how they would look once you remove extraneous factors of the pictures, such as shadows and trees. The top left image is "Ship & Pack. " Here, I removed the shadows off of the building, extended the driveway, evened out the pavement t
exture and recreated the doors and windows. On the bottom, are images of the Wellness Center. Here I removed all of the trees from the front and put windows in where they are not visible. I also fixed the shadowing on the sidewalk. The map above is my final map of the Base Map of the Preston Corridor.