Possibility of New Vehicle Crossing on Downtown Mall

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

February 21, 2006

Charlottesville City Council held a pubic hearing tonight and one of the hot topics was whether to add a vehicle crossing on the Downtown Mall at Fourth or Fifth Street.

For those who attended Tuesday night’s meeting, it may have seemed as if it was pedestrians against Downtown business owners. City Council members made sure that everyone knew that they would try to come up with a solution that was best for the city, not an individual group.

Several people who either live in Charlottesville or work on the Downtown Mall were in attendance to express their opinions on the issue.

After the all comments were heard from the public, the council seemed as if they were leaning towards the possibility of a temporary vehicle crossing, which would last one year. For some people that option should not even be considered.

"I violently object to any cross traffic on the mall," said Richard Berman, who’s against crossing. "It is a pedestrian mall I think the trial would be for signage to see how that works."

"If we can show them how opening that street temporarily will work, then it will be able to be open for us and it will make it work," said Morgan M. Perkins, who’s for the vehicle crossing.

The council did not plan on voting or making any decisions on the matter tonight however, they said they will revisit the options sometime next month.

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