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  • Phyllis Stevens letter: No one voted for split level sidewalks

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  • No one voted
    for split level
    I’m sad - and I’m mad. All because of the much-publicized beautification sidewalk project for North Main Street.
    The sidewalk in front of Mrs.. Clemens’ Antiques was almost a new one, slanted nicely toward the street and without a single crack or flaw. This continued much the same to the corner of Paul’s Wine Stoppe. The day I walked by - just curious about the progress - construction workers were preparing to tear out this perfectly good walk and I commented to the fact.
    Had I known then what I know now I’d have sat in the middle of that sidewalk until removed by the police.
    Now, I continue to ask myself, why tear out a good sidewalk and replace it with a split-level sidewalk?
    Parents with strollers, families walking along enjoying a day of shopping. Do they take “the high road” or “the low road?” They’ll either step to the second level, or fall to it.
    I am just an average citizen but even passersby and others questioned what was going on as they shopped or visited. I ask “How come and why?” The buck stops on someone’s desk. It’s time responsibility is accepted - whether architect, city engineer, city manager or ...?
    Drive down to the block of Mrs. Clemens’ Antiques and Paul’s Wine Stopped and you’ll understand. This long-awaited beautification project is unfortunately off to a bad start as I view it. It’s sad. I wish I could be glad. No one voted for a split-level sidewalk. No one!
    Phyllis Stevens
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