The Project section of the City website indicates the status of the Riverwalk Gateway project as approved and scheduled for completion “Fall ’06”. All I can say is, I hope it’s a bad rendering of the paint job.
(My original title for this was “City Officials May Be On Crack, Citizen Says”, but decided I’d better at least try for an objective opening and leave my opinion for later in the post.)
Has anyone seen any indication that the project has been started yet? Please post a comment if you can provide any further information.
construction has started on the cross walk, which in my openion is probably not all bad, maybe a little overkill on having pavers cross the road. The constuction of the arches is supposed to get under way tommorrow, which should never happen, in my openion, these arches eyesores in our town not fitting into any of the historical signifignace of Northfield. Not only is this a waste of taxpayer dollars but it is also causing undue strain on the retailers in the area. With the loss of so many business downtown I hope this doesn’t continue the trend.
In 1974 or 1975 the City Council named the alleyway leading down to the Contented Cow, “Goldsmith Alley” because my jewelry store and goldsmith shop (Keith E. Homstad, Goldsmith & Jeweler) was located where the Cow now is. But, the City never got around to hanging up a street sign and so the name was forgotten when I moved up to the main drag in 1976 – what is now Jenkin’s Jewelers. If, I say IF, a good wrought iron arch with the “correct” alley name as a part of the arch were installed there, I think that would be a fine thing. But, the current computer rendering of the proposed archway is horrible! And, what were people thinking when a full size street light pole was mounted within the alleyway? Good gravy folks! Excellent wall mounted street lights appropriate to the era of the buildings are available – and they cost LESS than the full size lamp post there. Fix those two things and you could have a beautiful entrance to our beautiful river walk!
Keith E. Homstad – former long time Division Street business owner.
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