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Square streets - a mess

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Square streets - a mess

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
October 13, 2011


Woodstock Square


I've been through the Square a few times recently, and it is certainly a mess. The "streetscape" project sure looks like some "make work" to me. What was wrong with the way it was? (Click on image to enlarge it; then click on the Back button on your browser to come back here.)

Some curb and center island work was done a while back, and more is being done now. One merchant told me today, "The merchants hate it!"

Is this "This is going to be good for you, so suck it up"? The extent of the work has caused parking interruptions; I wonder how many parking spaces are out of service during this construction work.

Wouldn't it be nice if the City posted some "Excuse our mess" signs? And maybe some signs showing a countdown to completion? Or maybe some "funny" signs with caricatures and something like, "Thanks for looking at our mess." But that would require a sense of humor...

With people out of work and unfilled employment positions in the City, resulting in an increased workload for the remaining employees, might it have made sense to postpone this unnecessary work?

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