Browder Street will remain solely for feet
12:00 AM CDT on Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Pedestrians, not vehicles, appear to be the winners of a big battle over downtown
Without any objections from her City Council colleagues, council member Angela Hunt deleted more than $323,000 in proposed 2006 bond program funds designed to convert what's now a popular footpath into a two-way roadway open to automobiles.
Without bond funding,
As far as Ms. Hunt is concerned, the
"In my mind, it won't change. This is not a critical project," she said of her decision to cut bond funding for
In recent weeks, downtown residents have submitted petitions to City Hall containing hundreds of signatures that seek to keep Browder Street between Commerce and Jackson streets closed to traffic but open to the type of recreation – lunching, lounging, dog walking – that they've enjoyed in recent years. Even though
Some area businesspeople, however, wanted
"Hopefully, her decision to take out the money for the street upgrade reflects what the majority of downtown businesses and residents want," Mayor Laura Miller wrote in an e-mail.