Main Street Sidewalk "Improvements"???

Main Street Sidewalk "Improvements"???

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What tha

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#1 Dec 18, 2013
First, could it get any worse than cutting down 20+ years of beautiful Bradford Pear to to replace it with Gum? Not to mention the reveal of the dilapidated facades resulting from 20+ years of building maintenance neglect. Those trees were what made downtown El Dorado beautiful. Don't plan on winning any more awards.
Second, the street signs: what goon made the decisions on signage pairing for the posts? Seriously, who thought it looked nice to pair the new, black, vintage sign posts with the mis-sized, green, block-lettered, homemade looking street signs. I'm sure we saved $12 somewhere.
Third, the "3 Hour Parking" signs: are there enough? I guess we know where the budget went for street signs. Dog the Bounty Hunter's wife (My Nickname for the 1970's cameltoe that enforces parking) must have wrote a ticket to some influential person who "didn't see the signs".
Finally, my favorite: The gorilla cages. What tha heck is up with these hand rails blocking the sidewalks and business entrances on the south side of the 200 and 300 block of East Main Street. Not to mention the two foot wide sidewalk between the handrail and the building. Am I the only person in El Dorado that thinks this is poorly designed? Was this "bring your kid to work day" at the engineering firm? I don't see any way that this is ADA compliant, not to mention the safety issue created by essentially blocking the primary ingress/egress point for these businesses. If there is a fire, I wish 85 year-old granny good luck getting out of and away from the building very quickly. Good luck leasing the store-front at the southeast corner of Main and Jefferson. Who wants to operate a retail business with an obstacle course at the entrance? Maybe Edmonds can get some old tires and barbed wire to finish the course. Somebody needs to spend a Saturday night up there with a cutting torch and a side-grinder cutting this crap down. The value of the scrap is probably enough to cover the time and materials for the rest of the sidewalk project.
ROFLMAO

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#2 Dec 18, 2013
I Agree
Just me

El Dorado, AR

#3 Dec 19, 2013
My BIL took a painful fall in Oct due to drop on sidewalk after leaving Wreaths and More. No rail or signs to indicate drop of at least 8in.

Since: Jun 10

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#4 Dec 19, 2013
What about the part of the sidewalk in front of spa on main that comes out into the street. If you parallel park in front of it and someone parks behind you there is no getting out.
Just sayin

United States

#5 Dec 19, 2013
These were the best sidewalks in the whole town before they made these "improvements". Have you ever walked north or south on Jefferson or Washington from the square? You had better wear your hing boots... The only problem that I see was fixed was to prevent someone from stepping off of the tall curb at Jefferson and Main, but they could have built that contraption on the existing sidewalks.
salty

El Dorado, AR

#6 Dec 19, 2013
The wrong type of trees were planted years ago. These trees did major trauma to the sidewalks,streets,awnings, facades and utility lines. Much smaller plantings should be considered.
What tha

United States

#7 Dec 19, 2013
Like excuse me, I'm going to totally bitch here. I like to complain about stupid stuff to make me sound smart. Somebody changed something so I'm going to bitch. It was totally better those trees hid all the dmage to the buildings. It was like totally better that the sidewalks were busted up by tree roots. I dont like when people do things and stuff. I dont like getting tickets for ignoring signs and stuff. Like don't you people know how important I am? OMFG.
Slick

Conway, AR

#8 Dec 19, 2013
That's YOUR City Council putting YOUR tax dollars to work.

Work that wasn't needed, but the Mayor & City Council just HAD to spend money. And for what ?

Its NOT going to draw people into downtown and will not benefit the merchants (or taxpayers) at all.

Vote 'em out. Vote 'em ALL out
Carl

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#9 Dec 19, 2013
Slick wrote:
That's YOUR City Council putting YOUR tax dollars to work.
Work that wasn't needed, but the Mayor & City Council just HAD to spend money. And for what ?
Its NOT going to draw people into downtown and will not benefit the merchants (or taxpayers) at all.
Vote 'em out. Vote 'em ALL out
Because what the city really needed was a multi-million dollar lawsuit because somebody tripped on one of those huge cracks on the sidewalk and broke their ankle.
girly girl

El Dorado, AR

#10 Dec 19, 2013
Slick wrote:
That's YOUR City Council putting YOUR tax dollars to work.
Work that wasn't needed, but the Mayor & City Council just HAD to spend money. And for what ?
Its NOT going to draw people into downtown and will not benefit the merchants (or taxpayers) at all.
Vote 'em out. Vote 'em ALL out
That money should have been spent to increase the parking spaces for visitors. People have broken bones,legs,noses and lacerations from sidewalk falls caused by tree roots busting the sidewalk.
Its ok

El Dorado, AR

#11 Dec 19, 2013
Give it a little time. It's really going to be nice once it's all done. It can't happen over night. Even repairs to the buildings take time. Everything has to be brought before the historical board, approved, then work can begin. It's all going to be ok. Calm down.
City Sidewalks

Memphis, TN

#12 Dec 20, 2013
Slick wrote:
That's YOUR City Council putting YOUR tax dollars to work.
Work that wasn't needed, but the Mayor & City Council just HAD to spend money. And for what ?
Its NOT going to draw people into downtown and will not benefit the merchants (or taxpayers) at all.
Vote 'em out. Vote 'em ALL out
And vote exactly WHO in?
City Sidewalks

Memphis, TN

#13 Dec 20, 2013
Its ok wrote:
Give it a little time. It's really going to be nice once it's all done. It can't happen over night. Even repairs to the buildings take time. Everything has to be brought before the historical board, approved, then work can begin. It's all going to be ok. Calm down.
These topix troll dumbasses don't like to be calm
Slick

Conway, AR

#14 Dec 20, 2013
Carl wrote:
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Because what the city really needed was a multi-million dollar lawsuit because somebody tripped on one of those huge cracks on the sidewalk and broke their ankle.
Sorry Carl, read the state law. El Dorado, like many cities in Arkansas, has tort immunity. The only way they can be sued is for violating somone's civil rights.
Negative Nelly

Stuttgart, AR

#15 Dec 20, 2013
Some people are just never, ever happy unless they have something to complain about. . .too many of those here in El Dorado.
Lee

United States

#16 Dec 20, 2013
Slick wrote:
That's YOUR City Council putting YOUR tax dollars to work.
Work that wasn't needed, but the Mayor & City Council just HAD to spend money. And for what ?
Its NOT going to draw people into downtown and will not benefit the merchants (or taxpayers) at all.
Vote 'em out. Vote 'em ALL out
Not really ! Your state highway & transportation designed and laid those new sidewalks.

Do you remember 20 years ago but Mr Mason began planting the Bradford trees? The new tree will grow and make a good replacement for the pear trees.

Whoever is responsible for the improvements Thank you!
Landscape professional

El Dorado, AR

#17 Dec 20, 2013
Gum trees are worse on sidewalks than a Bradford pear can ever be, not to mention all of the marbles (gum balls) these trees will drop, a gum tree is also undesirable (like the Bradford pear) because they are considered fragile.
Now, couple the root damage with multiple non interconnected bricks...in time, this will equal a Tetris minefield of jagged corners ever radiated from these trees.....
Bad choice....shoulda picked a quick grower with a tap root instead of a fibrous root system
Facts

El Dorado, AR

#18 Dec 20, 2013
Landscape professional wrote:
Gum trees are worse on sidewalks than a Bradford pear can ever be, not to mention all of the marbles (gum balls) these trees will drop, a gum tree is also undesirable (like the Bradford pear) because they are considered fragile.
Now, couple the root damage with multiple non interconnected bricks...in time, this will equal a Tetris minefield of jagged corners ever radiated from these trees.....
Bad choice....shoulda picked a quick grower with a tap root instead of a fibrous root system
This is why they install root boxes prior to planting the trees.
Facts

El Dorado, AR

#19 Dec 20, 2013
Landscape professional wrote:
Gum trees are worse on sidewalks than a Bradford pear can ever be, not to mention all of the marbles (gum balls) these trees will drop, a gum tree is also undesirable (like the Bradford pear) because they are considered fragile.
Now, couple the root damage with multiple non interconnected bricks...in time, this will equal a Tetris minefield of jagged corners ever radiated from these trees.....
Bad choice....shoulda picked a quick grower with a tap root instead of a fibrous root system
The gum trees are fruitless. Which means no gum balls. There are a few that could still produce the annoying balls. But the facts of the matter is they are very pretty trees in the fall. Plus the grant required them to choose trees native to Arkansas.
actually

Memphis, TN

#20 Dec 21, 2013
Landscape professional wrote:
Gum trees are worse on sidewalks than a Bradford pear can ever be, not to mention all of the marbles (gum balls) these trees will drop, a gum tree is also undesirable (like the Bradford pear) because they are considered fragile.
Now, couple the root damage with multiple non interconnected bricks...in time, this will equal a Tetris minefield of jagged corners ever radiated from these trees.....
Bad choice....shoulda picked a quick grower with a tap root instead of a fibrous root system
Did you not see what the uglyass Bradford pear trees did to the sidewalks, you fuckingmoron? Improving the sidewalks and intelligently landscaping the layout was the smartest thing the city has ever done!

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