The website conveniently reminds us of the past meeting that no one outside of Main Street knew was occurring, so there's that.
Obviously, I favor the general notion. The idea is to tame a former state highway by calming traffic to enhance livability, and the point for all of us to remember is that if these principles are valid for Main Street, they're valid for every other residential street in New Albany -- because once we've made Main Street inconvenient for drag racing and heavy industrial truck usage, where does the city think those vehicles are going?
Answer: My street and yours (for all of us not residing on Main, which admittedly possesses a bit more lobbying clout than Oak).
Given the NSP expenditures to jump start the S. Ellen Jones neighborhood, imagine how an Elm Street conversion actually would act in concert with neighborhood stabilization, rather than work at cross purposes against it. But that's where we are. Main's already a strong neighborhood with a two-way street, which leads the other question to ask: Why is this costing so much, and why aren't we using Federal monies to defray the price tag?
The conceptual plan download is big and didn't react well with my laptop. Give it a shot and let me know, please.
East Main Street Improvement Project Website