Gay Street Corridor Improvement

Gay Street Corridor Improvement Columbus, Ohio

Services Provided

Master Plan
Streetscape Enhancement
Urban Design
Construction Documentation

People Involved

Darren Meyer
Chris Hermann

Traffic and streetscape changes breathe new life into an urban neighborhood.

The 11-block length of Gay Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio is a case study in converting car-oriented, one-way roads into two-way pedestrian-friendly neighborhood streets.

The project required close collaboration with city planning, development, and engineering officials to provide the district with a tailored solution. Individual property owners became involved as the design team worked to maintain parking and access for existing businesses, while accommodating the traffic-flow conversion.

Expanded sidewalks provide a buffer for the outdoor seating areas opened by local restaurants, while a raised urban median that bursts to life each spring with flowering trees slows traffic speed and increases pedestrian safety. Low iron fences add a touch of elegance throughout. Integrated services from planning through design and implementation have resulted in a successful project and the growth of a delightful urban neighborhood that has become an inspiration for similar implementations both locally and nationally.


Since plan implementation, the enhanced Gay Street corridor has spurred more than $145 million in public and private investment including new restaurants, bars, residences, and hotels.