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