They found a solution
A few of the local businesses who are right near the island told me that they have seen ladies fall and mothers with strollers and even bickers have had problems navigating the space between the islands and the sidewalk. The project isn't even done yet and lawsuits are on the horizon. And this is the solution, "Walking the plank," I assume for now. They are either going to cement in the whole thing or put a grate, I think it will be some sort of grate. In the meantime, welcome to Tacky Town.
There is a new concept coming to the United States which started in the Netherlands. It's called "shared space" and there are no posted regulations, signs or regulations. Bicycles co-exist with pedestrians and cars. Here's the story. It almost seems as if the sidewalks would work perfectly if they were the same level as the street itself. The City likes these fake bricks so much, perhaps they can brick up all of Commodore Plaza and make it a real plaza. The tables would even come out and possibly be part of the street.
|Commodore Plaza block party, July 2010.|
Chicago, Seattle and New York City may be getting in the act, soon.
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