Hurrah for the traffic calming features of Macon Avenue

As a resident of Longchamps (the adopter of the street program for Macon Avenue), I want to go on record as a big fan of the traffic-calming measures that have been installed on my street. In fact, we need one more hump closer to the Grove Park Inn, so that last stretch doesn't get the gas pedal floored. The sidewalk is a blessing after years of near sideswipes by hesitant tourists unused to winding roads. I love the planters in the middle and can see how great the evergreens at the foot of Macon will look in a few years. Many thanks to Ken Putnam, who studied our situation and took much time with the neighborhood, as well as City Council for supporting his findings.

I do not travel Kimberly Avenue or Edwin Place as much, so I will leave it to the residents on those streets to hash that out — but a word of advice to those who seem unable to manage the islands and bump outs: Slow down.

As for Jerry Sternberg's comment [Commentary, "Traffic Calming," Sept. 15] regarding the city's eventually having to take over maintenance of the planters — I highly doubt it, at least on Macon Avenue. It is a street blessed with many gardeners!

— Steve Woolum
Asheville

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4 thoughts on “Hurrah for the traffic calming features of Macon Avenue

  1. Jacq

    I’m confused, do homeowners in West Asheville pay property taxes or do we not? What do we gotta do to get some sidewalks over here? I guess its no big deal if W. Asheville children get hit by speeding cars just as long as the desirable neighborhoods are safe. PLEASE!

  2. Mister Blister

    Such a progressive city needs sidewalks. I get tired of almost getting hit, and not being able to walk around at night without some sort of flashlight or reflective clothing.

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