Tag: photo tour

Your Annual Manchester Center Photo Update

Is it really a construction update if not much construction is going on? Perhaps that’s a bit of a spoiler as I do my annual tour of what’s going on with Manchester Center. As a reminder, here are some previous posts on the topic:

The photos I’m posting today are a few weeks old, but with these timelines, who cares?

We start outside where the only real changes could be found. Ironically, all the construction has taken place at Sears – which is owned independently. That is, while the Sears building is connected to the mall, it’s not part of it. If you weren’t aware, last year Sears decided to empty out half their store and lease the space to two (or three?) other companies. This year, they decided to vacate the remaining space as well (hence the store closing signs). Click to read more!

January 2018 Old Town Clovis Construction Update

All the changes at FAX took my attention last month, but now I finally have time to post my latest update on the changes going on in Old Town Clovis!

Previous updates:

September 2017
February 2017
May 2016
July 2015
February 2015 

We start in the center, which is the area surrounding the new Centennial Plaza. Construction here is all done, and the new new buildings and plaza are looking good.

For reference, this is what the area looked like in 2011, according to Google Streetview:

2011

And after the plaza was built, but before the buildings went up:

Here’s what we have now:

20180101_163935

I like the sign.

20180101_163952

Everything looks good except this little service alley – way too exposed.

20180101_163959

Sidewalk is tight, but it wasn’t a big lot.

20180101_164008

I really like this indoor/outdoor dining area.

20180101_164034

Moving to the side of the building. The entrance to the dining area is via the plaza.

20180101_164052

And the back. They did a really good job here, as this side is just as attractive as the front.

20180101_164107

This is what the other new building looks like from the back. Not as nice.

20180101_164110
20180101_164125

Reminds me of a motel.
20180101_164233

By comparison…

20180101_164133

Ok, moving to the second building, there is also retail on the first floor. Here is the entrance.

20180101_164145

Plaza to the right, Pollasky to the front

20180101_164223

It is part of the Me n Eds chain. This is the view from the street.

20180101_164202

20180101_164253

20180101_164300

Plaza in the center looks nice.

20180101_164305

On Pollasky, this is the front.

20180101_164346

This entrance is a disappointment. The stairs lead to an entrance to Blast and Brew…but a sign points you to the side. There is also a retailer up these steps.

20180101_164352

20180101_164433

20180101_164416

20180101_164423

And from a little bit down the street.

20180101_164504

For reference, this is what was proposed, specifically the building on the right side of the plaza. The clock feature wasn’t built, the retail isn’t at street level, and windows were removed.

Final photos of this project:

 

20180101_164659

20180101_164624

Overall a success, although I would declare the building on the left the winner.

It’s good added infill in “downtown” Clovis, and improves the street. Instead of a parking lot, there are two new buildings with retail on the ground, and a decent product above them.

Moving away, we see progress on the hotel being built on Clovis Avenue. This one is “special” because the parking will be underneath the building, something uncommon in the area where surface parking dominates. Construction has been really slow.

20180101_165136

20180101_165151

20180101_165233

20180101_165248

20180101_165306

20180101_165350

It’s ok.

And finally, our last bit of Clovis infill. These new homes are unique because they front the Fresno-Clovis rail trail, instead of a street. I was excited to see what they’d do, but the end product is pretty disappointing.

Part of the project included building the same crap you see everywhere else, except the driveways front Sierra, which is rare for new development.

20180101_163127

Here is the alley where vehicles can access the new trail homes, on the right.

20180101_163133

The back of these homes looks like the front of most other places, except the fence is there to hide the backyard. It looks odd.

20180101_163150

I feel like they should have just fenced the entire back yard in.

20180101_163203

No idea if this parking is legal.

20180101_163209

And there we see the bike trail and an existing hotel.

20180101_163221

The trail is pretty popular.

20180101_163303

Looking back at the new homes, the front is a whole bunch of fencing too.

20180101_163306

It’s like a house with no front or back, just sides.

20180101_163320

Ok, fine, this is the front. But it sure is ugly. Windows too expensive these days?

20180101_163334

The other new one has nicer shielding.

20180101_163343

I understand they would want a fence to make it clear this is a private property and not part of the trail, but why does it look like a chicken coop?

20180101_163409

And then the fence for the homes that front Sierra.

20180101_163431

20180101_163503

20180101_163518

Boring boring boring

20180101_163533

Lots of bikes out though.

20180101_163548

 

So that’s it for Clovis infill!

Once that hotel is finished, I’m not aware of any “real” infill construction in the city coming up. And no, I don’t count a CVS being built on a strip mall parking lot as infill. That’s a little disappointing. The first project here is a big win, and the other two are better than the status quo. Shame nothing is in the pipeline. I guess my attention will shift back to Downtown Fresno, which had a couple of years of construction inactivity (aside from Fulton Mall), but is supposed to be picking up again.

Is the Manchester Center Food Hall Really Coming?

I love food halls, or em, an “artisan food community”. I’ve enjoyed them in Los Angeles, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. So naturally, I was excited when one was announced for Fresno back in September 2016. Especially because the location was to be inside the Manchester Center Mall.

The plans include a new mall entrance, a redesigned facade with signage, a marketplace or “artisan food community” for chefs, food trucks and restaurants, an exterior shopping area and an outdoor events plaza.
Fresno Bee

At the time, it was supposed to be ready “a long way off, probably opening in late spring of 2017, Bagunu says, though construction has started.”

In January 2017, this was the update:

Inside the mall, renovations are going hot and heavy in the former Gottschalks store, though you wouldn’t know it because windows covered in black plastic hide the mess. It’s the beginning stages of what the mall calls a marketplace – essentially a fancy food court. Click to read more!

A Final Look at Construction on Fresno’s New Fake BRT Line “Q”

Fresno’s new fake “BRT” (bus rapid transit) line, branded as “Q” is set to open Fall of 2017. Well, that’s what the website says.

Key Dates
Construction Kickoff: June 2016
Construction: 2016-2017
Testing: 2017
Launch: Fall 2017

In reality, the bus line was delayed yet again to February or March of this year (originally, it was expected way back in 2012).

And this time they really mean it, so they’re hosting public meetings to educate people on what the bus line is. The first one is this week:


Shaw & Blackstone Corridor
January 17, 2018 | 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
Tornino’s
5080 N Blackstone Ave
Fresno, CA 93710 

Quick aside: This is a complete failure of public outreach and engagement. Asking people to come to YOU, on a certain date, at a certain time is public outreach in name only. FAX knows where the customers are (on the bus and at the stations). FAX should come to the people. Nobody is going to take time and money out of their day to go to a random location to hear some official talk about a kiosk. Worse: The three meetings are in the same time period (5:30pm-7pm) so anyone who works during those hours is out of luck.

Depressing. I recently read about a city which launched a new bus service and advertised it by mailing info to every house within 1/4 mile of the route. That’s outreach.

Also, at some point they should maybe tell the public how this will affect the two existing bus lines that currently run on Blackstone and Kings Canyon. I’ve yet to see any information about that.

Anyway, let’s take a look at the construction shortly before the new line opens. This post looks at a regular stop in Blackstone, the Manchester Transfer Center, and the Van Ness stop by the Courthouse Transfer Station.

Previous updates:
September 2017
January 2017

We start at a random bus stop on Blackstone and Clinton. This location previously had a regular bus stop, shelter, and bench.

Like all the Q bus stops, the sidewalk was pushed out into the roadway. This is because the stations require extra space, and because it means the bus doesn’t have to pull out of traffic. Pulling out slows the bus because drivers don’t let the bus merge back in.

Oddly enough, this stop already had a shelter and bench, so the sidewalk was already wider. They actually REMOVED sidewalk in this process….why?

You can see the sidewalk to the left is all even, rather than extending back a bit towards the store. This actually causes the “newly widened” sidewalk to have a narrow pinch point. Couldn’t those electrical boxes be kept in the back?

IMG_0251_32591

On the other end, the sidewalk extension doesn’t go all the way to the corner. Why?

IMG_0252_32592

Here’s looking north.

IMG_0253_32593

And with a bus that didn’t stop.

IMG_0254_32594

Some people have worried that extending the stop out has made the lane too narrow. Nope. Look at the blue car in relation to the width of the lane. The sidewalk could have been extended another 5 feet or more.

IMG_0255_32595

The stops have bicycle racks.

IMG_0256_32596

Garbage cans.

IMG_0257_32597

A semi-transparent roof. I don’t know what’s up there.

IMG_0258_32598

This stop was not fortunate enough to get seating with back support.The stop previously had two benches, so this is actually a downgrade.

IMG_0259_32599

There are now ticket machines.

IMG_0261_32601

IMG_0262_32602

They take credit cards

IMG_0263_32603

Everything is in English and Spanish.

….except the “language” button. Really. Oddly, “Cards” is in white text in English, while all the other English is in black text.

IMG_0264_32604

The map is still locked away

IMG_0266_32606

The (unnecessarily large) electrical box is to support the kiosk and also a time estimate, although I didn’t notice a screen.

IMG_0268_32608

And one last look.

IMG_0269_32609

Now we move to the Manchester Center Transfer Center. This place closed a year ago. When I visited in August, I was shocked at how little progress had been made at what is the busiest bus stop in Fresno.

Four months later, it’s not looking much better.

IMG_0315_32655

A year of construction and they couldn’t even level the place.

IMG_0316_32656

IMG_0318_32658

For reference, this is what the old shelters looked like

IMG_0496_24964

IMG_0319_32659

IMG_0322_32662

A lot of FAX buses will stop here. The stop at the end is for Q.

IMG_0320_32660

Very similar to the previous stop we looked at.

IMG_0323_32663

The ticket kiosk and map.

IMG_0324_32664

But two benches, one with back support, one without.

IMG_0326_32666

This trash can is open for business.

IMG_0327_32667

There are bike racks, but they were installed incorrectly. They should be rotated 90 degrees, or else you can only lock 4 bikes rather than 6.

IMG_0328_32668

Note the location of the push button. This is a good installation. The location we’ll look at downtown was installed badly.

IMG_0329_32669

The Blackstone crosswalk. This was built brand new in 2016…and then never opened. They ripped it all up and built it again. Your Fresno money at work. (Although the newer design is much better). However, the push button is not well located.

IMG_0330_32670

(The pedestrian crossing is functional, I pushed the button and it quickly changed)

IMG_0332_32672

IMG_0331_32671

IMG_0333_32673

From the parking lot.

IMG_0340_32680

And now we go downtown to the Courthouse Transfer Center on Van Ness.

Q will stop at island platform, the other routes along the courthouse park like always.

DSC_0330_32337

Same design here as the other stops.

DSC_0331_32338

DSC_0345_32352

Except this one has a longer roof than the random stop on Blackstone. Only one bench though.

DSC_0334_32341

Other direction

DSC_0341_32348

DSC_0349_32356

New crosswalks built to the islands at a new signal. Remember earlier how I called out the push button? These are badly installed because they are relatively out of the way.

DSC_0340_32347

DSC_0351_32358

One thing they did do well is install the vehicle detection. See the circle and lines in the pavement? That’s how the traffic signal knows a bus is waiting. A bus can stop behind the white line, load, and then when ready to cross, move forward to trigger the traffic signal. (As long as the drivers are told to do this).

DSC_0342_32349

The angle of the red/green arrows is a novelty in Fresno. But the signal on the far left is a waste of money.

DSC_0350_32357

The other shelters in the transfer center were updated. I think the design is pretty cool, but I love Art Deco.

DSC_0336_32343

DSC_0337_32344

For reference this is what the old ones looked like. They were horrendously ugly, but they provided a lot more cover.

Is it too much to ask for the shelters to be both attractive and large?

IMG_0300_24770

That’s it for the Fresno FAX Q update!

Service is supposed to start soon, and hopefully it improved the lives of those using the bus system to get around. Faster boarding will speed up trips, and buses every 10 minutes (during peak hours) will be well used.

Shame it took a decade to built what many other cities call “standard bus service.”

My next post will be a look at construction inside the Manchester Center Mall. The new food hall was supposed to open this winter, will it? (Hint: No).

A Look at BRT Construction in Fresno

Construction should not take this long.

We last looked at BRT (“bus rapid transit”) construction in Fresno back in January. Eight months later, the thing still isn’t done. We’re not talking about a new tunnel, a new corridor, or anything of significance; just sidewalk extensions and shelters. And apparently that’s just too much for Fresno to manage in a timely manner. It is embarrassing how little is being built and how long that is taking.

This is a project that has been in the works since around 2008. The city council finally signed off on it in 2014. It was supposed to be done, this time for real, in 2016. Now it is supposed to be done in 2018. Maybe.

High Speed Rail is also plagued by delays. The Central Valley segment was supposed to be finished up by the end of this month. In that case though, the delays are a little bit more understandable. It is a brand new corridor, full of tunnels and viaducts. Republican lawmakers have thrown every bit of obstruction that they could muster at it. Property owners took up lawsuit after lawsuit. Out-of-state interests poured in money to kill it.

So more understandable, but certainly still disappointing.

Anyway, this post will look at BRT construction, next one will be HSR.

We start with a typical “station” on Blackstone Avenue. All along the route, sidewalks have been bumped out to provide space for these stops. This one is located adjacent to a delicious Ethiopian Restaurant.

There is nothing about this that screams “two year construction project.”

DSC_0115_29383

DSC_0114_29382

Some of the branding is in place with the ticket machines.

DSC_0113_29381

DSC_0112_29380

The placement of this station, as is the case with many of them, is pure garbage.

DSC_0109_29377

Look at where the nearest marked crosswalk is.

fresnobrt1

This stop further up Blackstone is even worse.

fresnobrt2
This is how you encourage illegal crossings.

And then get sued when someone dies.

Now we move to Manchester Center. This is a transfer center that closed in January for construction. One of the busiest stops in the bus system. Surely a priority right?

The main building (where passes were sold) is still there.

IMG_0606

All the other shelters are gone. Does this look like 9 months of hard work?

IMG_0608

IMG_0610

IMG_0612

IMG_0613

On my last post, I mentioned a brand new crosswalk and curb ramp at a new traffic signal.

So brand new that in January it wasn’t officially “open” yet.

January.

IMG_0490_24958

Now.

IMG_0614

What a ridiculous waste of money.

IMG_0615

January

IMG_0491_24959

Now

IMG_0617

IMG_0618

And now onto the downtown transfer center, which does look close to being done.

Coming from Fulton Street, you see a new traffic signal.

DSC_0807_29076

BRT buses will actually stop in the center of the roadway, rather than entering the station loops.

DSC_0808_29077

The new median platforms. Really the one and only true BRT feature.

DSC_0809_29078

DSC_0810_29079

The BRT stop has a unique design where the two directions face each other.

DSC_0811_29080

Meanwhile, the rest of the station got new shelters as well. While the new ones are certainly more modern and more attractive, the old ones appear to be larger and provide more shelter.

Old

IMG_0300_24770

New

DSC_0812_29081

DSC_0813_29082

There is a variety of seating, but not enough shade.

DSC_0814_29083

DSC_0815_29084

DSC_0817_29086

Another loop area

DSC_0818_29087

And the opposing BRT platform

DSC_0820_29089

I’ve seen 200-house developments go up faster than this. They need to hurry up and get it done.

Fresno Fulton Mall / Street September 2017 Construction Photo Tour

This is a comprehensive look at the Fulton Mall (future Fulton Street) in Fresno, 2 months before construction is scheduled to end. Fresno is spending around $20 million to eliminate a pedestrian mall and re-open it to vehicles and vehicular parking. The intention behind it is to bring economic vitality to the corridor.=&0=&

Old Town Clovis Construction Update

I must admit, losing all those photos in the old blog posts was discouraging. While I still have all those photos saved on multiple hard drives, there are just too many to find, upload, and relink. It essentially made years of posts useless.

And that discouragement made July suddenly turn to September.

But I am back now, with fresh photos that will be hosted on Flickr. Are there any guarantees that Flickr won’t do the same thing? Nope, but I guess that’s a risk we must take.

I’m starting with a nice and easy post: a look at the newest construction in Old Town Clovis.

Last updates:
February 2017
May 2016 

The most obvious change is that the two new buildings next to Centennial Plaza are almost done. Not only are they new (a novelty in old town), but they’re the biggest yet. 3 stories isn’t exactly a skyscraper, but they do make an impression, and frankly, a nice one. I’m not in love with the architecture, but it will do.

IMG_0587_28626

IMG_0588_28627

I am impressed that both buildings went up.

IMG_0589_28628

IMG_0590_28629

IMG_0591_28630

IMG_0592_28631

IMG_0594_28633

IMG_0595_28634

IMG_0598_28636

And here they are seen on a day where the air quality wasn’t quite the best

20170901_190232

20170901_190455

20170901_190900

The only other development in Old Town Clovis right now is the new hotel which will be placed over parking. Not the most exciting development, but I believe this makes for more non-road construction happening in Downtown Clovis than Downtown Fresno.

IMG_0585_28624

IMG_0583_28622

IMG_0581_28620

IMG_0578_28617

And finally, Sierra Vista Mall, just outside Old Town, has a great new laser tag arena + kids play area. The laser tag was a blast!

20170901_212250

High tech too. You can watch other people play, and they have someone monitoring to make sure no one is cheating. Other high tech features include multiple weapon types + a health system (you can be a medic).

20170901_212700

Bonus:

Don’t forget to check out the Farmer’s Market before the season ends!

20170901_192755

20170901_193420

They have a museum I had never noticed.

20170901_202849

20170901_203233

Next post will be a complete look at construction on the Fulton Mall.

Aerial Shots of California High Speed Rail Construction Released!

The California High Speed Rail Authority have recently posted aerial shots of the various construction sites that are well underway in the California Central Valley, primarily around Fresno. They tend to post updates on their official Flickr account once or twice a month, but most are taken at ground level. Since the Google Earth satellite images are unfortunately over 2-year old at this point, these new photos, taken last week, provide a unique vantage point. Seeing the action from above, you can really understand the scale of the various bridges, and make sense of how they fit in.

The Cedar Viaduct is probably the most important construction area right now because of the impact it will have. The bridge will take trains over CA-99, which sees around 95,000 vehicles passing by every day. Many people are still unaware that HSR is actually happening, so seeing the bridge take shape will have a large impact.

DSC_0310
All photos courtesy of the CA HSR Authority

In downtown Fresno, they’re finally finishing the new Toulumne Street bridge. This bridge will carry cars, bicycles and pedestrians over the right of way. The Stanislaus Street bridge, seen above it, will be demolished because it is not tall enough.

DSC_0301

A bit north, they’re tunneling under CA-180 to let the trains go through. The trains will go under the highway, under the freight line, and under the canal.

DSC_0244

They’ve also rebuilt CA-99 to create a new right-of-way for the rail line.

DSC_0200

Another hugely impact project, in terms of visibility, will be where the rail line crosses over the Union Pacific tracks and then over the San Joaquin River – all right next to busy CA-99. This will be extremely visible to passing motorists.

DSC_0190

The wet winter means the bridge over the river has been stalled since December.

DSC_0157

Rural drivers will go over the rail line in a new overpass, in Madera.

DSC_0145

A bridge almost done over a creek.

DSC_0075

And the very first active construction site, a bridge over the Fresno River, is wrapping up.

DSC_0072

DSC_0042

Wrapping up? Yes, the first construction package was for the heavy stuff in the Fresno area – bridges, tunnels, and viaducts. The train stuff – tracks and wires – are part of another construction package that hasn’t been handed out. The idea is to have the full right of way cleared, prepped, and ready to go, and then the last crew comes in and places the rail quickly and uniformly. 

Once again, check out the photos in the official Flickr account and keep them bookmarked because new photos get uploaded at least every month, and usually more frequently.

Clovis Infill – A Photo Update

It feels a little odd talking about infill in Clovis. It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, as the city is known for its endless subdivisions. And yet in 2017, Old Town Clovis appears to have almost as much infill construction as Downtown Fresno going on.

I reported on two of these projects in July 2015, but I’ve added a few other ones here.

  • Centennial Plaza
  • La Quinta Inn
  • Rail-Trail Housing
  • New Library
  • Sierra Meadows Park
  • Clovis Community Hospital

Centennial Plaza

Let’s start with the big one: Centennial Plaza. This is the heart of Old Town on Pollasky, and I last took a look in May 2016 when the new plaza was finished. That update was focused on the street improvements, but now new buildings are rising up to frame the plaza.

Only 3 stories tall, the new building does make an impression in a downtown where a second story is a novelty.

IMG_0090_24562

IMG_0092_24564

IMG_0095_24567

No basement here

IMG_0097_24569

Close to the street

IMG_0099_24571

IMG_0102_24574

IMG_0103_24575

IMG_0105_24577

Construction has also started on the building framing the other side of the plaza

IMG_0107_24579

IMG_0098_24570

IMG_0093_24565

IMG_0094_24566

La Quinta Inn

A wee bit south, we find construction has finally started on La Quinta Inn. I reported on this one in May of 2015. Aside from building on a vacant lot, what makes this development interesting is that the hotel will be built over parking. This signals that demand for development in Old Town has increased to the point where large surface parking lots no longer make economic sense.

It’s a start.

IMG_0111_24583

IMG_0113_24584

IMG_0114_24585

IMG_0115_24586

IMG_0117_24588

IMG_0119_24590

Rail-Trail Housing

In that same post from July of 2015, I talked about an approved plan to build new homes on an oddly shaped lot at Sierra and Clovis. What made the plan unique was that two of the homes would front the regional bicycle trail.

Construction has begun:

IMG_0059_24531

The existing homes are very modest

IMG_0037_24509

The alley will allow for rear driving access

IMG_0039_24511

IMG_0040_24512

The existing homes are getting carports added

IMG_0046_24518

Construction 

IMG_0041_24513

IMG_0042_24514

IMG_0044_24516

 View from the trail

IMG_0049_24521

IMG_0051_24523

IMG_0052_24524

IMG_0053_24525

New Library

The existing Clovis library is a disgrace. It’s about twenty years overdue for a replacement, and fortunately, one is coming soon.

Here we see the completed Old Town trail, looking towards the new library complex

IMG_0060_24532

IMG_0062_24534

Nothing has started yet, but it is expected soon.

IMG_0063_24535

The new complex will be behind this existing resting point

IMG_0065_24537

As an aside, that little station has a trail map which is actually updated every year

IMG_0077_24549

IMG_0068_24540

Looking north, the property is still on the right

IMG_0069_24541

It will link to Clovis Avenue

IMG_0071_24543

Here is the exterior of the existing library, which will be retained as another government building

IMG_0088_24560

Odd?

IMG_0082_24554

IMG_0083_24555

I stopped by on a day they were closed. Whoops. However, you can see how narrow the building is…

IMG_0084_24556

IMG_0085_24557

Sierra Meadows Park

Moving to the more suburban areas, we have Sierra Meadows Park. This is quite possibly the slowest park project in California. It appears that every year they add one little feature. Over the past five years, they’ve added benches, some lighting, and bags for dog waste. 2017 is supposed to see the arrival of restrooms.

IMG_0007_24479

IMG_0012_24484

This might be where the new restrooms are going

IMG_0009_24481

Someone posted an overhead video on Youtube taken from a drone. It does an excellent job of showing that 90% of the park is still just empty space. The plan includes adding a lake, auditorium, playground etc. Maybe by 2030?

Clovis Community Hospital 

This hospital doesn’t stop growing. Admittedly, the one type of development I rarely follow is that related to hospital construction. While they’re open to the public, they’re not quite public spaces. They’re also very insular.

IMG_0017_24489

However I stopped by to see if any work has been done on connecting the regional bicycle trail network. Green shows what exists, red what is proposed.

community1

The Clovis Trail maps show the proposal

IMG_0066_24538

I did find some trail, which appears to have been built in the past two years. Not the connector though.

IMG_0022_24494

IMG_0023_24495

IMG_0024_24496

Walking to 168 to see where the tunnel would go

IMG_0025_24497

IMG_0026_24498

And I think that’s it for Clovis. The infill anyway. Like always, there are 500+ homes tract under construction at the city edge.

Fresno Fulton Mall January 2017 Deconstruction Photo Tour

It’s been eight months since I last looked at the Fulton Mall. Back then, major construction had started in most parts, with fences everywhere. Concrete had already been poured on the parking areas at the southern end. I assumed it would be mostly done by now, but not even close. Let’s take a look at the current status (current as of last week).

Note: Pictures taken on New Years Day, so most businesses closed for the holiday, but if you look closely you’ll note many have been run out of business thanks to the abysmal construction staging. Also, please let me know if you have trouble viewing the image. As google has killed Picassa, which was integrated with Blogger, I have moved to Flickr. 

We start at the north end, by Warner’s Theater. Nothing had happened in May, so the changes are pretty major.

IMG_0236_24706

IMG_0235_24705

The sidewalks have been built as planned, with the odd, but acceptable use of different crosswalk ramp treatments

IMG_0254_24724

As I mentioned way back when I went over the construction diagrams, this is the best part of the project. 3 wide lanes become 2 narrow lanes.

IMG_0256_24726

Having the sidewalk extension be the entire length of the box office would have been nice though

IMG_0258_24728

Nothing has happened to the orphan road

IMG_0259_24729

It is hard to get pictures in an order that makes sense because the fences are serious barriers

IMG_0260_24730

A relocated fountain is being built

Back in May

Now
IMG_0261_24731

Across from the CVS, moving south

IMG_0262_24732

By Hotel Fresno (no progress on that project) at Merced Street.

IMG_0264_24734

IMG_0224_24694

The construction phasing, by the way, is an absolute disaster for
retailers. Like worst case scenario. If they wanted to put everybody out
of business, they could not have done a better job. The signs were
terrible and the walking paths a mess.

Detour? To where?

IMG_0233_24703

IMG_0229_24699

I could not figure out how to access this block of the mall, so I took a detour through the alley.

IMG_0265_24735

Looking north, odd construction phasing

IMG_0268_24738

IMG_0402_24870

IMG_0269_24739

IMG_0270_24740

IMG_0271_24741

This next section hasn’t changed at all. Why did they even start with the destruction only to pause for 8 months?

May

Now:
IMG_0272_24742

IMG_0273_24743

IMG_0274_24744

May:

Now

IMG_0275_24745

IMG_0401_24869

May:

Now

IMG_0276_24746

IMG_0277_24747

IMG_0278_24748

IMG_0398_24866

IMG_0400_24868

This building is looking great

IMG_0279_24749

IMG_0395_24863

IMG_0280_24750

IMG_0281_24751

IMG_0282_24752

IMG_0394_24862 

IMG_0283_24753

The dumbest road

IMG_0284_24754

Mariposa towards Brodway

IMG_0285_24755

IMG_0390</p><p>_24859

IMG_0392_24860

IMG_0286_24756

This won’t change hence the DUMBEST ROAD

IMG_0288_24758

It will dead-end here

IMG_0289_24759

I can’t tell if this is restoration or abandonment

IMG_0290_24760

BONUS FONT

IMG_0293_24763

Remember, this alley will be a critical part of the new vehicle circulation plan

IMG_0309_24779

Looking north

IMG_0311_24781

IMG_0384_24853

fulton1

IMG_0386_24855

IMG_0387_24856

IMG_0388_24857

The stop light remains in use, but there is no pedestrian crossing

IMG_0312_24782

IMG_0313_24783

IMG_0314_24784

It is a pedestrian maze

IMG_0376_24845

IMG_0377_24846

Zero effort made to create a safe, accessible pedestrian crossing during construction. 

IMG_0379_24848

IMG_0382_24851

Plz come shop the stores are open we claim

IMG_0383_24852

The southern end was the quickest to move. Concrete was put in 8 months ago. Asphalt 4-5 months ago. Now lights are in. Still not open to the public

IMG_0315_24785

 New lights. I don’t know how I feel about them. They feel modern and dated at the same time. LEDs on the modern cobra overhead.

IMG_0316_24786

 The new ped lights send light out sideways, rather than down

IMG_0317_24787

Tree well I assume

IMG_0318_24788

Removing the tarps make the fence maze seem less like a prison escape haunted house at six flags. However, they should maximize pedestrian space.

IMG_0319_24789

IMG_0320_24790

IMG_0322_24792

IMG_0323_24793

Too small for trees, what are these holes for? Notice the double lights and the odd lower lighting well

IMG_0324_24794

The sidewalk is new btw, in the same style as the mall.

IMG_0325_24795

Midblock crossing to only section that will remain pedestrianized

IMG_0326_24796

IMG_0327_24797

Maybe too many light posts

IMG_0328_24798

IMG_0329_24799

Across the street looking north. These are the “super wide sidewalks” the proponents have continuously lied about.

IMG_0370_24839

IMG_0371_24840

IMG_0372_24841

While the sidewalk is a nod to preservationists, I admit it looks a tad dated

IMG_0330_24800

You can barely tell what is new or old

IMG_0374_24843

Just hurry up and end this construction

IMG_0332_24802

IMG_0333_24803

They rebuilt the river fountain with bridge. Bridge aligned with retail entrance. Smart. However, the sidewalk overhang demonstrates the failure of the new lights. Why light up the 2nd floor?

IMG_0334_24804

What is this

IMG_0335_24805

The usable sidewalk space is not that large

IMG_0336_24806

SUDDENLY FROM ABOVE

IMG_0337_24807

Looks very sad without the trees

IMG_0338_24808

Supposedly this lot will be a building soon. Any day now they say.

IMG_0339_24809

IMG_0340_24810

The southern intersection is also improved with curb extensions

IMG_0342_24812

Fresno’s Playground

IMG_0344_24814

New midblock crosswalk, with Fulton Mall pavement treatment. 

IMG_0359_24829

IMG_0360_24830

IMG_0361_24831

IMG_0362_24832

A billion new lights and they couldn’t orient one over the mid-block crossing, where IT IS MOST NEEDED? Seriously.

IMG_0363_24833

Looking north is a dead end

IMG_0364_24834

Walking to the end

IMG_0346_24816

IMG_0348_24818

IMG_0349_24819

New sidewalk extension is large, but very grey. No green infrastructure?

IMG_0350_24820

IMG_0352_24822

I can’t tell if they’re adding angled parking, but the turn lane is gone. I guess continental crosswalks were too much for the budget.

IMG_0353_24823

New vs old

IMG_0358_24828

And the end

IMG_0354_24824

IMG_0355_24825

IMG_0356_24826

And that’s it. Lot’s of photos coming up in the next couple of weeks  – the rest of downtown, Manchester Center update, BRT, and Clovis.

BONUS DROGE BUILDING

IMG_0351_24821