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Great Streets Coalition Presents Alternate Designs for Virginia Street in Midtown


reno-city-council-meeting-4-of-4-555x416-7466570-4184339By Emmett Esnard for ThisisReno.com.

Great Streets Coalition designs for Virginia Street in Midtown.

The Reno City Council met yesterday covering the latest – and what one council member assured was one of many more to come – public forum on the RTC’s proposal to revitalize Virginia Street.

Members of the Great Streets Coalition (GSC) attended, taking the podium to voice objections to what they said was RTC’s focus on auto-centric roads rather than a walkable, bikeable, local-friendly strip.

Angela Watson, one of the GSC members to speak during the meeting, made clear in her brief speech, as well as in a letter she presented to the Council, that she wanted to see speedy construction but not speedy streets, echoing the thoughts of many community members wanting to see the speed limit lowered and more focus put on pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Marlowe Kulley, another GSC speaker at the meeting, had this to say:

“…The plans for the Midtown district devote barely more than the legal minimum required space for sidewalks and devote the remaining space to vehicle travel lanes and parking. In the narrowest section this equates to only 6 feet of sidewalk on each side of the streno-city-council-meeting-3-of-4-300x225-6558678-5185515reet and 52 feet devoted to automobiles.”

Paul Doege, owner of Recycled Records, voiced concern about the previous RTC project that took place on Moana Lane. Doege said he was lucky to have relocated his business to Midtown at the outset of that project but faces similar fears of losing business now with RTC’s Virginia Street project.

The Reno City Council tabled discussion on the topic for a future meeting when the Mayor will be present.


Emmett Esnard
Emmett Esnard
When Emmett isn't interviewing people in his too-loud, New Yorker style of brain-picking, he is pushing veggies on addictive personalities at a farmer's market, doing odd forms of calisthenics, researching how to live to be 300, or chipping away glacially at his first novel.He also enjoys hot sauce, comic books, and living outside the box as a militantly liberal social progressive (insert other synonym here) that still thinks guns are cool and plans lackadaisically for the apocalypse by learning survival skills (read: home economics). He also dabbles in martial arts and nude portrait drawing. Volunteer models are welcome.He thinks third person mini bios are fun. He wrote this.




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