Two headlines from last night’s intense and graphic Complete Streets event:
Headline #1. From Councilperson and Deep Policy Czarina, the estimable Roxanne Qualls: Her highest priority for restoration of two-way traffic is the Wm. H. Taft/Calhoun –McMillan street pair. The Hon. Roxanne blames one way traffic for the ruination of the Walnut Hills commercial quarter. We wouldn’t go that far – postwar suburbanization and streetcar assassination contributed, but one-way vehicular sewage systems certainly were and are part of the toxic mess at Peebles and DeSales corners. So we approve.
Headline #2. From Urban theorist Clete Benken: Lexington – Lexington! – is farther along than Cincinnati in Completing Streets. There is no excuse for this. Even with Urban-County unigov, Lexington is saddled with some of the emptiest political heads west of the Alleghenies. To have this politically rotten city charge ahead with undoing one-way streets and dopey 20th century parkettes while we here in Charter Paradise cling to our suburban evacuation system is inexcusable. Action must be taken.
It was a heavenly night for policy wonks. Heavenly.