Except in those areas where historic materials, such as cobblestone, bluestone, or granite slabs, remain and can be maintained or replicated, the Public Design Commission supports the use of standard grey concrete with simulated saw-cut joints in a 5 x 5 scoring pattern as specified by the Department of Transportation. In historic neighborhoods, the Commission supports concrete tinted to approximate bluestone or granite.
As city sidewalks are public space, the Commission strongly discourages the installation of logos, building numbers, building addresses, 'carpet treatments' at building entrances, or other sidewalk treatments that visually disrupt the continuity and public character of the streetscape. Non-standard sidewalk treatments may be considered in conditions where the entire block is uniformly treated or the sidewalk design is integral to the design of adjacent open plaza space.
Strategies that seek to improve and upgrade the City's streetscape and are encouraged by the Commission include: