Two-Way Streets Reaction

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

The Downtown Redevelopment has designs on taking State, College and 10th Streets from one-way to two-way roads.

Its a move DRA's Cheryl Blaine said will improve downtown's marketability for new commerce.

"They've found out for one thing, if they're trying to bring in development, meaning housing, small markets and grocers a lot of retail as they come in, will not locate on a one-way, they want that two-way traffic," Blaine said.

However, some who have businesses and other buildings in that part of town, such as Charles Moore, do not agree.

"It may be that it might be more convenient to get down here but it certainly won't be more convenient when they get down here cause there won't be anyplace for them to park," Moore said.

Moore of Moore Insurance, a business that has been located on State Street since 1896, said if the roads are made into two way lanes, it will affect nearly 300 parking spots on the street.

"When they do that, they will abandon all of the on-street parking. That is just going to be a terrible thing for access to our building and all of the churches and businesses in the downtown area," Moore said.

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