A national highway runs right through the center of Mariemont, Ohio. U.S. 50, just east of Cincinnati, effectively transforms into a parkway as soon as it enters this village.
These photos, by Amanda Hartman, are taken from the median of the road, which features two lanes in each direction.
In fact, much of it is one lane, and this works quite well.
The highway is integrated with Mariemont’s other streets, most of which are residential. The town has multiple schools, churches and public parks. The highway functions much like Cincinnati’s parkways, such as Victory Parkway and Central Parkway. These pre-interstate tree-lined roadways include pedestrian access and buildings which face the parkway.
Just off the side of the road. Photo by Chris Evans:
Mariemont. Photos by Justin Masterson: