Comment 111933

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted June 02, 2015 at 14:51:04 in reply to Comment 111901

Agreed that 2-way conversion, by itself alone, does not necessarily revitalize.

However, you realize:

Let me point out John Street is more of a residential street in many sections (north of Cannon), and south of that is a big batch of parking lots. That is a LOT more difficult to revitalize. John Street versus most of Main Street is an apples-to-oranges comparision. Go to Google Maps and do a northwards Google Street View walk at Cannon & John, you will see what I mean.

Also, consider the more favorable area around Augusta street, that area was greatly helped a lot by the 2-way conversion of both James and John, with both streets benefitting in that region. Now some of us go to the restaurants and pubs on/near Augusta instead of Hess street. The revitalization of John is more patchwork, understandably, but I understand why.

Revitalization needs to be done correctly, and on the correct streets. Main/King are excellent candidates for 2-way revitalization given the high business density along the whole route. Main used to be a bustling retail street historically (witness the 1930s bank buildings as an example -- e.g. King&Holton), and so the residences along Main are usually former businesses, and not nearly as dense as the residential houses/apartments (e.g. northern parts of John Street, north of Cannon street), and some are former businesses converted to residences that can be reconverted to businesses. Obviously, it will be a gradual and eventual process, beginning with the downtown area, and extending eastwards, but it's a long term journey.

Main-King are really prime candidates for long-term generational-league revitalization.

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2015-06-02 15:00:44

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