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Parish - Columbus intersection proves dangerous afterall

Register • May 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Well, Mr. Hile invited me last week to sit down for a root beer to observe the intersection of Parish Street and Columbus Avenue at the busy hour basically from 3 to 6 p.m.

It turns out that crow pie pairs well with root beer. I could easily see from his porch what I could not see from my car going to the intersection many times.

The after-school rush of inexperienced drivers were no match for a wide and challenging intersection, which also needs a button–activated crosswalk for children walking home from school.

As it turns out, the city’s professional staff never anticipated doing anything other than reinstalling a light in this location. When the ground finally thawed, the original contractor just quit.

I want to thank Mr. Hile and many other residents who reached out to me in a courteous and thoughtful manner. I also want to thank the many people who have begun to consider the larger question of what we can do to make Sandusky a more walkable city.

Sandusky has in abundance what no other community in the area can match — density. Density is a critical asset, but only one of many, necessary to make a neighborhood and community walkable.

Walkability is a key ingredient to Sandusky’s future, and the difference between a collection of houses and a neighborhood.

We can and must do make Sandusky a more attractive place to live today and for generations to come.

—Dennis Murray, Jr.

Sandusky ex officio mayor

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