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Leave the bridge area as is

Chris McGovern

Dear Editor,Michael Larime wrote that merchants apprehensive about the east wing-street closure should “look at the merchants across the street.” He asked, “Are they withering on the vine?” Answer:-In-Touch Imports – out of business-Charm School Boutique – left town-Ski & Sports Swap – out of business-Antique Shop (715 Grand) – out of business-Watersweeper and Dwarf – change of ownership-Candlestick Maker – for sale -Bagel-Bites – change of ownership-The Daily Bread Cafe – change of ownership-Main Street Gallery – relocated-Gene’s Lock and Key – relocatedQuite a high turnover for the west side of one block! Glenwood Post’s Aug. 21, 1996, article described how Kalamazoo, Mich., is opening pedestrian-malls to cars. Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids, also planned to tear a portion of its mall for limited car traffic in the spring of ’97. Why? “The economics have not worked. … There is not … a really good retailer that will go in where there is no vehicular access.” With the pedestrian mall, retailers were finding that they did 80 percent of their business in 3 afternoon hours, but they were open for 9 hours! I walked through our “mall” yesterday at 1:30 p.m. with a friend. We had to cease talking to one another as we walked under the bridge – the boom of the traffic from the bridge above made conversation impossible. This can never be a place for a leisurely visit! The highest and best use for the bridge area is to make it accessible to vehicular traffic, and for parking.Sincerely,Chris McGovernGlenwood Springs


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