Drivers could get by this van, with inches to spare, Thursday morning on Depot Street. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Above is an example of why the Depot Street experiment, well-intentioned as it may have been, just isn't working out.
Whenever any long vehicles, such as extended-bed pickup trucks or this van, park there traffic can narrowly get by.
There's always going to be a space problem, no matter which direction one-or-two-way traffic travels, as long as decorative brick sidewalks jut from the western end. Someone left a story comment stating just that a few days ago, and they're so right.
Here's a suggestion.
Would that portion of Depot Street work as a pedestrian mall? There's plenty of parking behind buildings on both sides, it's handicap-accessible and there's no more walking distance involved than you'd find at Wal-Mart or any large shopping center or enclosed mall.
That would limit the danger to kids running out of the Capri Theater on Friday nights. With two restaurants on the street already, it offers the prospect of outdoor dining. One of those restaurants had a live band playing in its front entrance a while back. Imagine a live street dance.
And it could even be seen as somewhat trendy. Might be worth a try.