Yesterday, President Paxson and Mayor Angel Taveras held a press conference to announce that our beloved Thayer Street — where you can do everything from 2 a.m. drunching to maintaining your utmost hipsterness at the Avon — will undergo an extreme makeover, Ty Pennington style. As Paxson said in her speech, Thayer Street is a central “rib” of the university, so some TLC is well-deserved. Here’s what you need to know about these ch-ch-ch-changes:
When’s it all happening?
This summer! Construction is supposed to last about 6 months.
Who’s paying for it? (Because we know you’re all wondering.)
The District Management Authority is funding the project as a thank you for the increased efforts the University has made over the last year in engaging local public high school students with academic scholarships and summer programs.
What’s it gonna look like?
Here’s what you’ll see, according to a press release put out by the University:
- Repaved streets! Hallelujah!
- New street signs and parking meters on Thayer. Fancy.
- Wider sidewalks outside of Blue State and City Sports, great for outdoor lounging during a four-month Polar Vortex.
- Outdoor furniture (to facilitate said outdoor lounging) outside of the Brown Bookstore and the Granoff Center.
- New trees planted on the street.
- A “miniature” park by the Brown Bookstore. I am curious to see how miniature a miniature park for college students is.
- New trash receptacles, a cleanup of Fones Alley, and a new trash ~*~*~compactor~*~*~.