In 2005, then Vice Mayor Scanlon appointed me chairman of a group to study the possibilities of a linear park along Vine Street. We created a report Vine street final prez, presented it to the council and then……crickets. The idea was not warmly embraced by the next administration, who opted for the weak street enhancements that were done during last summer.
But, if you haven’t noticed, those enhancements have done nothing to make the Vine Street corridor any more appealing to people or new businesses. The money that was spent on the street will have to serve us for a while, but don’t lose sight of the possibilities over the medium term.
Planners in Seoul ripped up this monstrous freeway in their downtown….
and replaced it with this….
The sky didn’t fall. The city got healthier and friendlier.
We can do this, if we had the nerve.