It’s good to see that parking ticket non-enforcement, i.e., the curious Open Air practice of specifying which infractions will not be fined and where they won’t be, even as other violations in other places are ticketed with a expectation of payment, is on the agenda for Tuesday’s Merchant Mixer meeting.
Next Merchant Mixer gathering is Tuesday morning, July 26.
Permit me to suggest that the dormant status of two-way street conversions is another potential topic for Tuesday’s breakfast meeting at Preston’s. Curious as to how long we've been talking about two-way traffic, I did a brief search of NAC postings, which revealed that we’ve been considering it at least since 2005.
The classic thread surely was this one from 2009: Open thread: Entitled to one's own opinions on two-way streets, but not one's own facts?
Around the same time, I devoted a whole Tribune column to the pressing need for two-way retrofitting: BAYLOR: Two-way, better way.
Ah, but it wasn't just the malcontents and toxic wastrals at NAC who spoke of the need to go both ways. During his successful 2007 campaign for mayor, Doug England said on more than one occasion that two-way street conversions were his number one priority. Four years later ... well, it's four years later.
As I’ve written previously, if our downtown streets ran both ways, I could give these simple directions (from Louisville) to the Bank Street Brewhouse:
"Take the I-64 (west) exit ramp onto Elm Street, and turn right on Bank Street."
As it stands, I must say:
"Take the I-64 (west) ramp onto Elm Street, turn right on 3rd Street, turn right on Spring Street, then turn right on Bank Street."
Plainly, our confusing one-way streets are bad for a revitalized downtown's businesses, so if every downtown merchant signed a petition of support for two-way streets, what would the argument against it be?
That no one wants it?
In which case, who wants a rational street grid, and who does not? Perhaps the polling can begin at Tuesday's meeting.
Yo, Councilman CeeSaw ... just a moment of your time, sir ...