The North Main Puzzle
Hoping we were in the right place, we hiked up the steep path. It turned out to be one of the trails shown on the map--and, as we climbed, we were rewarded with spectacular views of Argo Pond.
That experience--being pushed along by speeding drivers while trying to find hidden parkland treasures--sums up one of the issues confronting the city's North Main-Huron River Corridor Vision Task Force. Later, when my friend and I attempted to cross North Main on foot, we experienced one of the other major issues.
"I call it the Walk of Death," says David Santacroce, who chairs the task force. "On foot, forget it. It's perilous. There's no good way to walk down Main Street and get into Bluffs Park. When our task force did its walking tour we saw someone almost get clipped."
The task force has been meeting since last summer, charged with providing city council with ideas for enhancing pedestrian and bike access from downtown to riverside parks, easing traffic congestion at Main and Depot streets, and recommending uses for the MichCon property on Broadway. It has already recommended turning half of the city's former maintenance yard at 721 N. Main into a park.
For some longtime commercial residents of North Main, the task force is deja vu all over again.