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Tight Depot squeeze

Posted Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 2:09 PM

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.

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I have seen some really nice setups like this in small towns around the nation. Nice idea to think through.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 4, 2009, at 3:34 PM

And having a hot dog stand right in the middle would be awesome...

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, Jun 4, 2009, at 6:28 PM

And a snow cone stand . . .

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Jun 5, 2009, at 9:34 AM


-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Jun 5, 2009, at 9:41 AM

I like it!

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Fri, Jun 5, 2009, at 1:50 PM

Since the city now owns an empty gravel lot, why don't they pave it and open it for parking and just close the street to traffic altogether. The empty lot would exit out on the side street next to the theater and we would still have parking on the square. I know, it makes too much sense to the city to do something like that. Instead they want to charge for garbage pick up. If the city is trying to compare us to other cities (like they have done for years), why not try curb side recycling as well in the charged garbage pick up, that would save a lot of us the gas it takes to take our recycling to the centers.

-- Posted by msbasselope on Fri, Jun 5, 2009, at 3:12 PM

Another example of the city czar's inept thinking.

-- Posted by Chef Boy R.D. on Fri, Jun 5, 2009, at 4:36 PM

Either put it back (one way does not work) to a two way street that has worked for 200 years are shut it down and make a mall out of it sounds good to me...You ought to run for office..

But Shelbyville ain't much on drawing growds on the square..very little.

-- Posted by RGeneW on Sat, Jun 6, 2009, at 11:46 AM

I think that sounds great!

It is nice to go to that side of the square now.

The atomsphere all together is very inviting.

Great place for the family! My family enjoy dining at both resturants and the movies!

Whatever is done I hope that it does not go back to a 2 way street, I was not sure about it at first but hey it is a really not that bad, but the idea of closing and making it walking friendly atomosphere.... not bad to think about.

There is a lot of things to do down there!

Kaorke on Thursday night at the 50's & Fiddles place next to the movies and they have live music on Fri & Sat, Movies, and the other resturant Bochelli's awseome. Sometimes when our kids want to go to the movies (teens) and we do not we listen to music next door until the movies are out...if you have not been to this section of the square you are missing out....Mayberry..it is close. :)

-- Posted by punkin1129 on Mon, Jun 8, 2009, at 10:12 AM

There was a pickup truck parked near the Capri the other day. It had tree limbs hanging out the back scratching other vehicles as they squeezed by. A failed experiment indeed. Closing it down sounds like a good idea to me.

-- Posted by Chad O on Tue, Jun 9, 2009, at 11:56 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.