Columbia Plans a New Diet

1 decade 9 months 3 weeks ago Monday, August 27 2007 Aug 27, 2007 Monday, August 27, 2007 5:59:45 PM CDT August 27, 2007 in News

Larry George did not think he would get to express his concerns to city officals from his front lawn. But when the man managing sidewalk growth in Columbia happened to be handy, he did just that. George wants to keep his trees.

Columbia wants to build sidewalks at 20 different sites around the city. The most controversial one would run along West Boulevard.

Ted Curtis, who helps oversee the project said, "The basic challenge is always where the utilities are, and what it does to front yards. Those are kind of the worst things you have to deal with."

During Curtis' interview, George approached with a few questions of his own. George says he and his neighbors worry sidewalk construction might destroy their front yards.

Curtis has heard it before. To avoid resident's front lawns, Curtis suggests putting the road on a diet. The diet plan would work on West Boulevard: in front of Larry George's house. There would be no more parking for cars in front of George's house, but cars would be allowed to park across the street.

The city believes the diet would work because they would avoid having to tear up anyone's front yard, and Larry does not have to worry about his trees. Some residents and city officals hope they have found a diet, that will work.

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