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Letter: Downtown planning needs to consider pedestrians

The bridge across the Colorado River involves many hours of planning from the input of specific interests. It will not be changed at this point.

Many voices speak. It is the planners with the money that talk. The conversation is skewed. So, live with the results, and build on what is.

For and in the interest of the citizens of downtown Glenwood, a simple mantra should hold: “Pedestrianize downtown.”

In the meantime, the new bridge will end at Eighth Street, in keeping with the rhythm of bridge progression up Grand Avenue. In that case, an extension or a new bridge in the future will supersede the business area completely, and effectively make downtown pedestrian-friendly.

As stated in a recent Post Independent article: Go with what is offered. Possibilities are still options, and don’t necessarily preclude vehicular accessibly and an Eighth Street extension to Midland.

At this point, despite awards, Glenwood would not be a candidate for Parade Magazine’s “America’s Best Main Street.”

Fred Stewart

Grand Junction

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