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The biggest improvement would be TWO WAY traffic. Thepresent system killed downtown.
I think this town need better public parking. In the winter the snow banks force vehicles to park dangerously close to the lane of travel.
What is considered downtown? I consider Yampa Avenue, which has two way traffic, downtown, but parkiing is such a pain...it is easier to head out to WalMart. Yet if you look at several of the businesses, the shop owners are parked right out front, what are they thinking?
Just a couple of thoughts...... First, snow removal needs to be addressed downtown. It is an issue and it is extremely hazardous. Snow can be removed at night after 9:00pm from 6th street to 4th street and from Russell to Barclay. It would make downtown MUCH more appealing and safer. Second, public parking would be fabulous, unfortunately there is just not many places to put it. So many businesses have no parking behind or beside their business, and the 4 small 'lots' tend to fill up quickly. I agree that shop owners should not park in front of their businesses, but they shouldnt park in front of someone elses either. The problem is, where do they park? The only real solution may be to get the City to look into purchasing the old building on the SE corner of 6th and Yampa, tear it down and build a two story covered lot. Business owners could have assigned parking in the top level and the entire bottom level could be for customers. Now all we have to do is to train the healthy folks to walk a block, and find a couple million to build it.....hmmm....
I DON'T SEE A PROBLEM WITH PARKING DOWNTOWN. IT IS RARE THAT I AM UNABLE TO FIND A PLACE TO PARK. IN MY THINKING THERE ARE TWO PROBLEMS THAT EXIST. FIRST, IN WINTER THE SNOW BANKS ALONG THE CURB ARE A DANGER TO THE OLDER FOLKS IN PARTICULAR. THE SNOW SHOULD BE REMOVED, BUT TALKING TO THE ROAD AND BRIDGE DEPARTMENT IS LIKE TALK ING TO ONE OF THE LAMP POSTS. THEY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT DOING A DECENT JOB. SECOND, THERE SHOULD BE RESTRICTIONS ON TRUCK TRAFFIC DOWNTOWN. ONLY DELIVERY VEHICLES SHOULD BE PERMITTED. IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF IF SOMEONE GETS INJURED OR WORSE, BUT WHEN. THEN AGAIN, CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS DON'T SEEM TO CARE OR TAKE THE MATTER SERIOUSLY.
Parking and snow removal are certainly issues on Yampa Ave., although Ron Schaffer seems to have no problem at all keeping his sidewalks and curbs clear of snow and ice. It is not his responsibility to clear the curbs and gutters in front of and around his business but he takes on the responsibility. If other business owners accepted the same responsibility in front of and around their own locations then discussing the matter with road & bridge would not be necessary and the appearance of Yampa Ave. would be greatly improved. I've been into all of the stores on Yampa at one point or another and none of them have been so busy that the employees or owners couldn't spare a little time for snow removal and sweeping.
Diagonal parking seems like a good idea on Yampa and could probably work. It is a wide street and without any snow accumulation in the way would provide an ample amout of space for this type of parking arrangement.
As far as directing people into downtown, that begins well before many travelers even come close to Yampa Ave. A good example of this would be the signs at the north and east borders of Craig directing traffic to either traverse first street or the by-pass in order to get to Woodbury Park and Loudy-Simpson Park. When people take these routes they are completely missing Yampa Ave. and exposed to a very dismal representation of what our town acutally consists of.
It's funny, I never noticed parking being a problem after growing up in Southern California. But, every time I drive down Yampa, the old trashy looking buildings really depress me. The whole street, with the exception of the museum building needs to be torn down and rebuilt. It truly has to be one of the dullest, most depressing - no character towns of anywhere I have ever seen. The last time I was in the Serendipity building for a treat, the ceiling was literally open and falling in to the customers below and many others I've seen are not far behind that. Where are the building inspectors for one? The parking is truly the least of this down town's problems.
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