2nd Mall-Cross opened Monday
Yes, we were busy polishing our latest issue, so we forgot to tell you this three days ago, but the 2nd automobile crossing over the Downtown Mall opened on Monday, May 1. Long-requested by business owners on the Downtown Mall who felt vexed by the closing of 7th Street in front of City Hall as well and vexed by numerous nearby construction projects including the Pavilion, the Holsinger condos, and the City's President's Plaza/Transit Center crossing there, the crossing was briefly denied but eventually approved in April by City Council as a one-year test project on 4th Street.
Unlike the debate from the fall of 1994, when developer Lee Danielson urged the initial Mall crossing, this discussion included few impassioned speeches or placard-carrying protestors warning that children would be killed by vehicles. To date, there have been no reported auto-pedestrian deaths or injuries at the 2nd Street crossing which opened on August 28, 1996.