Agreed. Plus for better or worse the scramble has really calmed traffic here. It's like walking next to a three lane drive thru now more than an arterial.God I’m ngl, having that expanded that sidewalk makes that area much, MUCH more attractive to walk in. The amount of times I felt like I was going to get hit or get swiped by a car there has been too many times.
I don't disagree that most people probably won't be chilling beside Gateway, but I'm glad they are putting in benches for pedestrians. Makes the public realm better and there are lots of residents that may need a bench when walking around, like seniors or people who have been enjoying beverages at Cook County.This drives me nuts. Money spent on multiple benches backing on to Gateway in front of Cook County Saloon. Do designers actually use benches in urban areas? Because sitting two feet from exhaust seems to be a no Brainer of what not to do.
The only person using those benches will be homeless sleeping overnight. Brain dead people decided to include those in the design.