Public Transportation Rocks

bus shelter Some interesting new bus shelters are popping up around town. It seems possible that the Steel Yard has played some role in the fabrication of these things, but there is nothing on their custom work page under “Past Projects” that I can find. This one has design elements that seem to echo the churchiness of the location. The boulders are unexpected and should hold up without much maintenance. Nice touch. Teen boys walking by seemed to agree, indulging in a little mini-parkour. The urge to hop up is almost irresistible.

9 thoughts on “Public Transportation Rocks”

  1. Why is there this obsession with adding items to sidewalks? High-end neighborhoods and the beautiful parts of cities in Europe don’t have trash barrrels, benches, newspaper kiosks, signs, hydrants, etc. Signs are limited to public safety, curbs are painted or there are foot patrols. Hydrants are hook-ups at the joint of building facades. Many places have no parking (all in the back). After awhile it becomes clutter and visual noice. A clear street scape adds peace and serenrity for the eyes.

  2. My point, really, is that there was NO shelter there, and now there is. Admittedly, it may not have the most cover, but it certainly is more appealing than most bus stops that are covered in ads. And we could also add in the idea of visual and design aesthetics as a general quality of life enhancement.

    An umbrella doesn’t keep my pants dry when it rains, so should I complain that my umbrella isn’t good enough, or should I be happy that my head is dry? I am choosing to be happy that my head is dry.

  3. “will comfortably protect 10 people from the rain.”

    What a Bold face lie.

    This proves that people who give out grants don’t read them before approving them.

    I will give $1000 to anyone who can fit 10 people under this and keep them out the rain.

  4. Exactly!!! the mystery wooden bus stop on North Main near the Map Store is a much better design.

    I mean who wants to sit on a rock that doesn’t even have a flat surface for sitting and is too low to sit in for a skirt or anyone who is older.

    And Jim is mistaken if he thinks there in any room to get out of the rain under this shelter. Rain falls at angles, not straight up and down.

  5. @Jim – What you can’t see from the picture is that partition that says “HOPE ST” is directly in the middle of the roof structure (as opposed to the RIPTA shelters where the partition is the back wall) so there really isn’t anywhere to stand UNDER the shelter. I walked past this the other day and thought “well that looks nice, but it’s completely unusable as a bus stop”.

  6. On the Frog and Toad Facebook page they have some more pictures and some info about the Bus Shelter:
    It’s an homage to the church it sits in front of with it’s faux stained glass window and it’s design echoes the flora and fauna of our nearby Swan Point Cemetary.
    It’s a narrow bus shelter allows for plenty of space for pedestrians on the sidewalk and will comfortably protect 10 people from the rain.
    And one more shelter in front of CVS is in the planning stages.

  7. I really like this, and think it is nice to have something of any kind to get out of the rain while waiting for the bus. Also, there does not appear to be any ad space available!

  8. I think it’s spiffy. Unfortunately vandals have smashed past bus shelters, breaking the plexiglas. And the ads are a reminder that our city is broke and public space is for sale.
    It’s good to have something different and beautiful.

  9. I saw five people sitting on the sidewalk today rather than sitting under this shelter that provides no comfortable seating and no space to get out of the rain and not a single consideration for anyone with a disability to occupy the space.

    Maybe you should look report rather than just gawk.

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