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Councilmembers Want Quick Study of Art Walk Safety Issues

By Eric Richardson
Published: Saturday, July 30, 2011, at 09:47AM
Art Walk Crash Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

An ambulance arrives at the scene of the July crash that left a two-month-old dead during the Downtown Art Walk.

The tragic death of a two-month-old at July's Downtown Art Walk led to a debate on ways to reduce overcrowding and increase safety at the monthly event. With the next Art Walk just two weeks away, Councilmembers Jan Perry and Jose Huizar want to know what changes should be put in place before the August outing.

The two yesterday filed a motion to create a city department Art Walk Task Force tasked with both finding "immediate public safety measures that might be implemented in time for the upcoming August 11th Art Walk" and with those that might be necessary on a longer-term basis.

According to the motion, those could include parking restrictions, regulations for parking lots, food trucks and sidewalk vending, and pedestrian flow improvements.

The two council districts held a meeting with those involved with the Art Walk on Thursday, in which they realized that "City departments need a better understanding of how the Art Walk event is organized and produced." The Bureau of Street Services will take the task force lead, which will look to "address permitting and regulatory actions" needed for "non-art-venue focused operations."

The motion goes to City Council on Wednesday, August 3.

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