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Untracing the Lines of Industry

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, April 27, 2007, at 10:42AM
Construction at Main and Alameda Eric Richardson [Flickr]

I biked by the construction at Alameda and Main the other evening and was glad to see construction going on to replace a traffic confluence that's always seemed rich in ugly, wasted space. I haven't seen the plans but I certainly hope the new design includes a bit of landscaping to soften that area up slightly.

At the same time, though, this presents another case where Downtown is losing a piece of its industrial past. The railroad tracks in that median had quite possibly been in there since the early part of the 1900s.

I don't have anything against making the intersection nicer, but it would be cool to see cases like these pay homage to their history in one form or another.

Thanks to Scott Fajack for pointing out the railroad angle to me here.

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