It is important to understand the urban design context around the Stitch to develop and implement policy and design strategies that create a more connected neighborhood fabric. This involves analyzing the public realm (the space between buildings that is accessible to the public including sidewalks, plazas, parks, and open space) and how it relates to street hierarchy, urban and neighborhood characteristics, connectivity, the streetscape, and topography. The interstate today and the design of the urban realm surrounding it creates a gap in the urban fabric and limits connectivity.