Friday, November 1, 2013

Architect Proposes Closing Stretch of W. 25th Street to Vehicle Traffic

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

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NEOMG columnist Mark Naymik, who has written about W. 25th Street and the West Side Market before, has now drawn our attention to a proposal by a local architect who says that turning the bustling stretch of Ohio City's commercial thoroughfare into a pedestrian-only stretch like E. 4th would encourage interaction and improve the district.

The Architect, Ronald Sarstedt, told Naymik that the plan is "so simple," yet he expects most people to be afraid of it. His plan envisions a road through what is now the Ohio City gardens to connect Franklin Boulevard and W. 24th Street, the potholed little conduit which typically becomes an overflow parking lot on Saturdays.

Sarstedt's plan is certainly bold, but Naymik acknowledges that any re-imagining of W. 25th would be much more costly (logistically, fiscally, emotionally) as it's a major vehicle artery into downtown and West Side neighborhoods.

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