The North Main Puzzle
The large windows in Doug Allen's office at 944 N. Main overlook the tracks and the river. Just seven years old when the 1988 task force made its report, Doug is unburdened by memories of that effort; he says that he or his father has been to "just about every meeting" of the current task force. His favorite proposal is for a pedestrian tunnel from Depot Street under the railroad berm. He points out that in the event of heavy rain it would also allow floodwater to get to the river--hopefully without people in the tunnel at the time.
As Doug and I stood behind his building, a trio of runners--two men and a woman--trotted through his parking lot and took the heavily beaten path across the railroad tracks, past the "No Trespassing" sign, and onto the paved path of Bandemer Park. The woman looked familiar ...
"There's Amy Kuras right now!" said Doug.
"I'm busted," Kuras admitted by phone a few days later. She and her lunchtime running group--which, Doug told me, includes some other high-profile scofflaws--sometimes take the Broadway bridges, but, like everyone else, often can't resist the illegal crossing.