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STRIPING: Use min. 4 in. solid white lines to separate the plaza from the roadway. Use a double white line along the edge of the plaza to legally prohibit vehicle entry.


SPACING BARRIER ELEMENTS: Barrier elements (such as granite blocks, planters, or flexible delinators) should be placed at least 12 in. from the inside of the white edge line. Barrier elements must provide a clear edge for the plaza or park. Planters or blocks should be large enough to create a sense of enclosure in the plaza space and create a buffer between people and cars, but not limit sight lines. Exact barrier placement will depend on context and the type of barrier used. If parking is permitted adjacent to the plaza or park, ensure all plaza elements (such as benches or planter boxes) are located at least 18 in. away from the curb so drivers and passengers can open doors of the parked vehicle.



Food trucks and pop-up vendor booths provide amenities.

Street Furniture


Barrier Elements

Pallet planters and flexible delineator posts create a buffer between vehicles and people in the plaza (spec sheet page 30).

Moveable tables and chairs made from pallets (spec sheet page 62).

In 2014, curb extensions, a plaza, and programming were installed during a MEMFix demonstration project in a Memphis neighborhood called The Edge. The curb extension and plaza remained as pilot treatments before being remade into an interim design using epoxy gravel and other barrier types in late 2016 (John Paul Shaffer, Livable Memphis).


Surface Treatment

Solid white line and colored surface treatment define the plaza area (spec sheet page 54).

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