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A Look at the Gateways into Covington

Covington's unique shape gives it multiple points of entry and the city's front, back, and side doors could use some attention.

Last May, the city commission and city staff reviewed the completed Center City Action Plan (CCAP) which outlined a path to revitalize the city. It also generated some images indicating what some of the city's gateways should aim to look like.

The "inviting public realm" tenet of the CCAP called for, "A more cohesive and attractive public realm designed to enhance the pedestrian experience and connectivity of Center City will strengthen neighborhoods, business districts and create more economic opportunity. An appealing public realm is fundamental to attract more investment, jobs and residents."

The photo attached to this article was created by Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA), the Denver-based firm that created the CCAP. It shows a dramatic change on the Fifth Street gateway into Mainstrasse Village and Downtown Covington. 

In the photos below, you will see each point of entry into Covington and the challenges (& some successes) of each.

A few gateways have well-manicured landscaping while others have fallen into neglect. Some are part of construction projects and others are just simply there.

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Fifth Street exit from I-75/Mainstrasse Village

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Fourth Street/headed to I-75

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Crescent Avenue to Lewisburg & Botany Hills

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Clay Wade Bailey Bridge at Fourth/Fifth Streets to Main Street Street

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Roebling Suspension Bridge into Downtown/Roebling Point/Licking Riverside

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Fourth Street Bridge into Licking Riverside/Downtown

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Pike Street from I-75 into Downtown/Mainstrasse Village

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Pike Street into Lewisburg/Devou Park

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Pike Street/Dixie Highway into Lewisburg from Fort Mitchell

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3-L Highway/KY-17 from Fort Wright into Latonia

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3-L Highway/KY-17 into South Covington

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3-L Highway at Hands Pike

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Taylor Mill Road from Independence into South Covington

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Taylor Mill Road at Old Taylor Mill Road from Taylor Mill into Covington

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Winston Avenue from Taylor Mill into Latonia

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Licking Valley Girl Scouts Bridge/Twelfth Street from Newport into Covington's Eastside neighborhood

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Twelfth Street/Martin Luther King Boulevard from I-75 into Covington

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Story & Photos by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

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