Skating to the Market

Finally after years of talk, the Dequindre Cut will begin contruction transforming the pathway into a recreational greenway connecting Eastern Market to the riverfront. This will be another piece of the renovation of the Market and the River Walk. The first phase will cost between $3 and $4 million and will take 10 months to complete. Located 25 ft. below street level between Orleans and St. Aubin it will have a paved surface, lighting, landscaping and security cameras. A year from now we will be rollerblading where there once was garbage, wild plant growth and the homeless. What will happen to some of the amazing graffiti? Those in the know say they will try to save as much as possible. To me, this is very exciting and I can’t wait to use it!

7 Comments so far

  1. Mollika* (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 10:11 am

    This does sound very exciting. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Will the walkway be covered or merely below street level?

  2. max (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    are you saying this will be some sort of fancy “tunnel” for lack of a better word? if so, i must take the role of Devil’s advocate on this and predict a lot of problems. if i can’t leave my car in a public lot, during daylight and risk a break in there’s no way an underground walk way will be safe. security cameras will be dismanted and found at scrap yards minutes after installation. i hope i’m wrong but given the city’s history i’m betting i’m close to the target.

  3. baliad (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

    it sounds nice, but i understand what max is saying… how safe is it really gonna be???

  4. rakkus (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    It will be safe. It is the old railroad line that runs between Orleans and St. Aubin. It is below street level but open aired and, when finished, it will be a great place to excersise, i.e. biking, skating, running.

  5. Tommy (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    It’s very exciting and indeed a great idea, but there’s gotta be people watching the cameras for them to be useful.

  6. Mollika* (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    I think cameras give people a false sense of security. I cannot imagine that they are all that effective, even if watched. I would much rather have the area patrolled.

  7. rakkus (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

    I am sure the security will be more than adequate. I mean it will be mainly used during the day. Don’t think anyone will be rollerblading at 2 a.m.

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