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Farrell Plans to close Memorial Drive

Posted by Jim Sparrow on Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 12:01pm.

Jim Sparrow Calgary Real EstateEarlier this week it was revealed that Alderman Druh Farrell had approached the City of Calgary's road department with a proposal to close down two of the four lanes of Memorial Drive on Sundays in August. Acting on Farrell's suggestion the City has approved closing both eastbound lanes of Memorial, between 3rd & 7th Streets SW, for pedestrian use.

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According to Farrell "It's about creating a healthy city, a vibrant city and giving people the opportunity to go out and enjoy the river". Other's aren't quite as supportive of the plan. Alderman Ric McIver supports people getting out into the fresh air but says closing part of Memorial Drive isn't the answer. "There are some bad ideas and this is a very bad idea," says McIver.

I'd have to side with McIver on this, and wonder where Farrell comes up with these ideas. Alongside the 2 eastbound lanes she's going to close is a large green-space adjacent to the river with walking & bike paths for pedestrians. Why would a pedestrian choose to walk along hot asphalt on a summer day when they can use the paths of the green-space. Not to mention that shutting the lanes of a major east-west corridor makes little strategic sense when you consider both local and emergency traffic. I'm sure the residents of Crescent Heights will be thrilled to know their neighbourhood will become the new favourite short-cut.

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3 Responses to "Farrell Plans to close Memorial Drive"

Sue wrote: Dru Farrell gives women a bad name!!

Posted on Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 6:23pm.

Jim Sparrow wrote: Sue - I'd have to side with Rick McIver: This is a very bad idea.

Posted on Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 8:45pm.

thuy wrote: Unbelievable!!! Does she need to drive to work via that section ever? Memorial is a main artery in Calgary road system. Think about the narrow bridges that chocking Vancouver transit, which reduces Vancouver life quality significantly. That green idea make green mean nut! I am a greener too but could not stand that.

Posted on Sunday, April 19th, 2009 at 10:22am.

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