Reminder: Old Town Neighborhood Observational Walk
Tomorrow, January 27th at 4:30-pm is the next observational walk. We will meet at Cass St. and 8th to walk the length of Cass St. to 14th and then return north on Union St. The purpose of the walk is to experience the place at the human scale and see how it serves people. Please, RSVP online or show up at 4:30 at Cass & 8th on Thursday.
Plug in where you can. Drinks likely to follow.
We had two community walks in 2010: Division St. and State St. (downtown). I thought I had written up the observations from the State St. walk, but a quick search of the website didn’t find it, so I think it slipped past me. My apologies. When I find the notes I will follow-up. The main observations confirmed a lot of Peter Spaulding’s description when he wrote about a State St. conversion back to a two-way street. It was also interesting to hear the history of the road and the progress it has made! From the sounds of it used to look something like US-31 south of Meijers: car lots and gas stations.
Observations from the Division St. were published and were also used to suggest improvements for as early as 2011. According to MDOT, the suggestion made during the walk for installing pedestrian countdown signals was pursued and funds found to make that happen. That’s a good thing. There were other suggestions that came out of that walk that need supporters.
I’m looking forward to meeting new people tomorrow and going for a walk. Last week I walked my beagles to the vet south of 14th street…um, it wasn’t pretty.
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