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Saturday, June 2, 2007

After Reopening Olive, Kennedy Wants to Close Whittier

Alderman Terry Kennedy (D-18th) has introduced Board Bill 91, to close Whittier south of McPherson. The lack of north-south arteries across the central corridor reinforces the local divide between the north and south sides of the city. I probably don't need to mention that the north side is the loser in this split.

On May 7, Urban Review reported that Kennedy had relented and reopened a closed section of Olive Street in the Central West End. Unfortunately, this good act is followed by another proposed street closure in Kennedy's ward. The problems that street closures create are certainly not limited to one or two in particular; the same problems that the Olive closure caused will occur once Whittier is closed.


Urban Review said...

Interesting, I'll have to go check it out. Whittier has been closed in this area for some time. As this new bill indicates, it repeals the earlier ordinance which called for the blockage as such:

"The Director of Streets is hereby authorized to temporarily close and barricade Whittier Avenue, between Maryland and McPherson at a point 5 feet north of the mouth of the alley flowing into Whittier."

The new bill changes the language to:

"The Director of Streets is hereby authorized to temporarily close and barricade Whittier Avenue on a diagonal line at a point approximately ninety-three feet south of McPherson Avenue. "

LisaS said...

Looking at the google satellite map, I can't tell that there's that much difference. It might allow service access to Schnucks from Lindell, but I'm not quite sure about that.

Steve, if you need someone to hold the other end of the measuring tape, drop me a line.