Steve Mensing, Editor
♦ On Tuesday Salisbury’s City Council signed its downtown’s death warrant when they approved an anti-motor vehicle and anti-chain store initiative based on the Complete Streets Plan.
If I was to devilishly devise a street plan to further obliterate the already vacancy strewn Downtown and its chain retail and restaurant tax base, I’d say the excessive traffic calming Complete Streets Plan would be my top choice. Yesterday City Council voted 4 to 0 for Complete Streets with Brian Miller wisely missing-in-action.
When and if the Complete Streets Plan is completed, Downtown will be reduced to a few pedestrians and an occasional bicyclist. The traffic calming on East Innes will effectively slowdown traffic to a half-crawl and drive motorists away from going anywhere near the downtown area.
The downtown area may become more attractive between the curbs of its empty streets, yet its an easy prediction to imagine skyrocketing vacancies and plummeting property values as shoppers will surely stay away. The Complete Streets will put…
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