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Letter: More frustration on Main St.?

Are city planners about to make Concord a destination – or create more frustration?

They’ve packed the Heights with small businesses that create stop-and-go traffic, and the parking lot exit at Uno’s can gridlock Fort Eddy Road.

Now do they want our radiators to boil over while a two-lane Main Street shuts down for delivery trucks to unload? (No plans indicated access roads to Main Street stores.) How are we to avoid cars backing out of parking spaces?

No one I know ever said, “I’d love to hang out on Main Street.” Not with meter maids watching the second hands on their watches, tickets poised. Off-street parking isn’t convenient to the area targeted for redesign. And the nature of shopping most people from out of town do in Concord leads them through downtown, not to downtown.

So the wider sidewalks will be a temptation for skateboarders, as they are in Keene, but unlike Keene, they’re unlikely to draw pedestrians, because parking will still be a challenge, and Concord doesn’t have the civic vitality that energizes downtown Keene. After 5 p.m., downtown empties out as the commuter train makes its way to the main highways leading out of the city.

Can we expect the downtown project to be another expensive idea that will eventually go the way of the calming curves?



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