Archive for Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wall’s razing opportunity for downtown

December 18, 2008

A quick tour of downtown Eudora is likely to produce disappointment as construction awaits the melting of snow that covers piles of dirt and materials and unfinished work sites.

But amid all that is one bright spot. The leaning wall with its barricades and bad mural is gone. It has been replaced by a much lower retaining wall of decorative masonry.

Its removal in conjunction with the downtown streetscape improvement project shows that a determined effort and the right motivation can remove the city’s eyesores.

The new wall opens up the lot behind it to view. It is shame the future uses of that lot could not have been considered as a pocket park or other feature as part of the overall downtown improvements, even if any proposal for it might have had to be phased in later for financial reasons.

That was a missed opportunity but the lot is still a potential asset. Properly landscaped, the sloping property could make a pleasing garden in the growing season. Ignored, it could become a litter-strewn overgrown weed patch that would detract from what is so painfully and slowing being constructed downtown.

We rejoice in the wall’s replacement with the hope that its razing will open a further opportunity for beautification of downtown Eudora.

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