By Jackie Williams
January 16, 2008
My suggestions and opinion regarding Ketchikan's downtown area
Keep it clean. Whale Park needs attention; it would be nice to
see the stores from Mill St. Encourage the painting of buildings,
power washing brick and other buildings.
Ban smoking on the sidewalks and in doorways to eliminate secondhand
smoke wafting up the nostrils of non-smokers and into the stores.
KPAW is a great contribution to our community, having murals
painted in the alleys gets my vote as a project. I would like
to see our rustic past, social culture and heritage painted there;
scenes like the pioneer café with familiar faces. Bar
scenes with fishermen, loggers and ladies in Extra Tuffs. The
Coliseum Theater has a large canvas facing Dock St., paint the
Fish Pirates Daughter there, of course with Jack Shea! We were
once a bit of a bawdy crowd and that can be depicted without
Freshly paint curbs to denote usage. Review loading spaces; in
particular, Main St., on one side of the street is a building
with a very low, thick, dark canopy. The stores there are not
visible with cars parked in front. Move the loading space to
that side of the street to allow visibility of those shops, loading
space would be just as easy to use there. Regulate canopy height,
width, color and style to make it easier to see and install signs.
To improve traffic flow and safety; a thorough review by the
planning and regulatory bodies is needed. In my opinion, the
horse trolleys are a serious safety hazard. Have the shuttles
stop at as many places as possible and run a circuit(s) that
will encourage visitor traffic on more streets. I envision electric
shuttle vehicles, enclosed but similar to golf or airport shuttles
with more seating of course. Increse rope barriers, they are
needed on the curve by the Federal Building, crossing guards
at more crosswalks to better funnel pedestrian traffic. Having
crossing guards is great and might be used as a way to earn community
Put the benches back at the Library bus stop.
Move the homeless shelter out of the downtown area; the Library
seems to be the daytime homeless shelter. Offer a free Ferry
ticket, at least during the winter months, to the lower 48 for
those registered at the shelter or through the Salvation Army.
Does our government(s) own the land beside the Discovery Center?
That site would be great for a five-story parking garage, library
and museum with a Goose! If the Goose is marketed well, being
visible from outside of the museum, it just might lay a Golden
Egg by increasing visitors paying a moderate museum fee. The
library can have a computer area for the public with a moderate
fee, or donation. Locals could use it free by showing an ID.
Build the government offices and their parking on Grant St. (the
designated future Library site).
Turning the downtown streets into a pedestrian mall can be realized
when the parking/library/museum complex is built, also making
a great place for the 4th of July, Blueberry and Christmas Festivals
. Make Grant St. two-way for access to Park St. and Bawden St.
Leave Tongass open with three lanes; one for the shuttle and
the two-way lanes. The Shuttle can be year round to shuttle us
to the downtown places we want to go; parking fees can contribute
to the costs.
Received January 15, 2008 -
Published January 16, 2008
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