The North Main Puzzle
The railroad is a barrier between Main and Bandemer Park. There is just one legal crossing, at Lakeshore Drive. If MDOT goes ahead with plans for high-speed trains, a fence may be erected along the track here and a gate placed at the crossing.
The main pedestrian crossing from North Main into Bandemer Park is illegal: a well-worn footpath connecting the trail around Argo Dam with the parking lot of a building owned by local developer Peter Allen. Allen's son, Douglas, manages the family's five office buildings on North Main. "You'll get 200 people making the crossing here on a nice Saturday," Doug says. "Is it dangerous? Trains are going rather slow here, but we need a legal and safe crossing. End of story."
"I've been working on the problem of the railroads and trying to get people to the parks virtually my entire career," says parks planner Amy Kuras, who's been with the city for twenty-three years. "We've known forever that we needed a crossing."