Comment 77005

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted May 16, 2012 at 16:12:15 in reply to Comment 76997

I just talked to Kathy Drewitt today. She noted that while the Downtown BIA doesn't have a formal position on two-way conversion of Main, King and Cannon, she continues to cite the survey of businesses one and a half months after the James/John North conversion.

She told me, "Many of them told me they experienced an increase in sales, they hired more staff, and that's a positive. We see the conversion of James and John as a positive where people slow down and the traffic can help to support the businesses located there."

She also expressed frustration that the City continues to allow Main and Cannon to function as through trucking routes now that there is a continuous ring highway around the city. The Downtown BIA lobbied to have Main taken off the Truck route last year, but Council rejected their plea. Of course, Council has been ignoring downtown business owners since at least 1957.

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