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Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby Nick Berigan » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:43 am

Have we set a record by making the section of Univ Ave from Univ Bay Drive to Midvale totally without any controlled pedestrian crossings at this point?

You can't even use Shorewood Blvd now without walking through any area being prepped for concrete pouring.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby Bwis53 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:52 am

The day they put a skywalk over Midvale and University, I'll do cartwheels!
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby Crockett » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:53 am

Its one of the least pedestrian-friendly areas (outside of Vegas) that I've ever experienced. Let's hope they address it with the 'remodel'.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby jjoyce » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:53 am

As I was attempting to drive through there the other day, I wondered how long it would take to finish the project if they simply closed it down entirely to all auto traffic. Because it seems like what they've done is madness on a level equal to that.

State St. construction tested local businesses downtown, now they're doing the same on University. I get that roads need to be fixed, etc., etc. But this one sucks. Especially because they're blowing up the Beltline at the same time along with numerous neighborhood streets.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby Marvell » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:54 am

Well, it is the West side.

Everyone knows that there are no pedestrians past Old University.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby Crockett » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:55 am

Imagine Univ and Midvale once Target and more housing go in.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby Bwis53 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:57 am

Crockett wrote:Imagine Univ and Midvale once Target and more housing go in.


Exactly why I said we need a skywalk between the shopping areas, at N. Midvale & University. That intersection is dangerous.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby rrnate » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:02 pm

If you want a unique experience, try driving out on University (towards Midvale) around 12:30 PM on a Tuesday night - those pedestrians are inebriated and lost without traffic direction and the whole thing feels similar to driving through the woods in the dark worrying about hitting a horny deer.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby rrnate » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:04 pm

Marvell wrote:Well, it is the West side.

Everyone knows that there are no pedestrians past Old University.


Well, there's me. The next time you're driving around, feel free to honk!
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby bassbari » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:54 pm

That intersection is scary. Aggressive drivers ignoring pedestrians and three crosswalks to contend with. I talked to Jean McCubbin about this years ago, when I lived on Sheboygan Ave and she was alderperson. If you are at Walgreens and want to catch an eastbound bus, you are out of luck unless you jaywalk. It takes three crosswalks to get to the bus stop. She didn't seem interested in pursuing it saying it was too expensive.
Then her successor had bigger fish to fry with the failed DOT property redevelopment project where they were going to cut that property up into six city blocks with high rises and as well as the "gravel pit" as Tim Metcalf used to call it.

University has to be made safer. There aren't even sidewalks on the north side of the street between Shorewood Blvd and Marshall Court. Is that a Shorewood issue. You have to walk in the curb or the RR tracks, if you work at the clinic and want to go to Whole Foods for lunch.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby Crockett » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:33 pm

bassbari wrote:University has to be made safer. There aren't even sidewalks on the north side of the street between Shorewood Blvd and Marshall Court. Is that a Shorewood issue. You have to walk in the curb or the RR tracks, if you work at the clinic and want to go to Whole Foods for lunch.


There is a bike path from the clinics, past the Shorewood Pool to Whole Foods. It completely bypasses the Shorewood Shopping Center which I'd assume the businesses there dont love.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby WestSideYuppie » Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:56 pm

I live not too far from Hilldale. There's a lot of pedestrian traffic in those neighborhoods. Getting across University is indeed harrowing, even when it's not under construction. Folks tend to live / work on one side or the other, and avoid crossing.

Of course the challenge of dealing with University is the sheer volume of traffic.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby LaughingGirl » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:21 pm

[quote="WestSideYuppie"] Folks tend to live / work on one side or the other, and avoid crossing.

Reminds me of an old joke from Rome re: traffic--2 friends see another friend on the opposite sidewalk. One says to the other, "How did he get over there"? The friend replies, "He was born on that side".

Pedestrian bridge would be lovely.
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby LaughingGirl » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:23 pm

P.S. why can't I get quotes to ever work properly?!?
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Re: Screw those pedestrians, anyway

Postby jman111 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:38 pm

LaughingGirl wrote:P.S. why can't I get quotes to ever work properly?!?

Leave the "[/quote]" at the end. It took me a while to figure that out, as well.
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