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Good Idea Benched

By Ed Fuentes with Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 12:55PM
No Benches Ed Fuentes

Two metal benches were installed here last month, but are now removed.

Sidewalk amenities took a step backward last week, as a pair of benches installed last month on Main between Winston and 5th were removed. The street furniture was part of a CRA-sponsored streetscaping plan for Main street.

Business owners on the block were uncomfortable with the unwelcome uses the benches were attracting, both during the day and into the evening. Their requests led the city to remove the benches and put them into storage while they await a new home.

One can point to many cases around Downtown, from locked restrooms to the lack of benches on the City Hall south lawn, where the problems of homelessness have impacted quality of life for all.

Conceptually it's sad to see the benches go, but it also doesn't seem that it would have been too hard to see this situation in advance. Perhaps benches simply aren't what Downtown's sidewalks really need.

Update (10:30pm): As these benches are removed, new ones are added on Spring street.

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