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Photo-Editorial: A Traffic Calming moment

2014-06-12 - Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. A parked unmanned tourist friendly white police cruiser slowed traffic in a area badly in need of traffic calming this week, as Stotts Construction Company was working on a waterline street crossing on Jefferson Alley. Traffic moved easily with a fairly normal flow for Burkesville Street these days. Made one wonder if maybe dummy cruisers might be utilized as temporary traffic control in other areas. It worked in World War II, and similar fake-outs worked to save the town of Rock Ridge in Blazing Saddles. And oh, yes, for those who think traffic flow is hunky-dory when the pass through our town concerned only with getting to work or taking a short cut to Walmart or the post office, try walking across Burkesville Street at Jefferson Alley, at Fortune Street, at Guardian or Church Streets. I have relatives and acquaintances who would love to walk to town, to the library, to shops and restaurants Downtown, love Historic Columbia as a potentially great walking campus, but are scared to death to cross Burkesville Street even with an escort. Would that a Frederick Law Olmstead were alive and could see Burkesville Street as a blank canvas - what a masterpiece he could immediately conjure in his mind. And what if the power of a mastermind of Adair County art students and Future Problem Solvers, and Greg Easthams and Billy Joe Fudges, and Trail Towners and Parks & Rec People visualized the potential? The results, we think, would be healthy, economically stimulating, and utterly amazing. The synergy is here now. Maybe, just maybe it will happen. - ED WAGGENER
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