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Let me get this straight. Certain community members of Augusta do not want to block off one block of Laney-Walker Boulevard for the safety of staff and students. Conversely, Paine College wants to block off two blocks of Druid Park Avenue for the same reason.

Keep in mind that, for most of its existence, Laney-Walker was known as Gwinnett Street, named for one of Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. Blocking off a block will do nothing to the Laney-Walker neighborhood.

The safety of the pedestrians of both these schools should be paramount.

Johnny Hollins

Augusta

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/30/12 - 10:34 am
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The whole idea of closing

The whole idea of closing public, taxpayer built thoroughfares kind of sticks in my craw. These schools knew the roads were there when the decided to build or expand their campus to the other side of the road. How about an orientation class on looking both ways before crossing the street. Seems to me I read more stories about Masters visitors being hit crossing Washington Rd than I do about students being hit crossing Laney Walker or Druid Park. We could probably save more lives by permanently blocking off Washington Rd. and making it a pedestrian mall. And Paine looks like a "me too, me too" Johnny come lately on this one. Are they trying to divert attention from the student aid scandal? Let's forget about blocking public, taxpayer funded streets and make the assumption that college students should have enough common sense to cross the street. If there is serious consideration of these proposals, the taxpayers should be reimbursed all of the sunk costs of building and maintaining these roads.

Cdr4500
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Cdr4500 04/30/12 - 11:23 am
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How about we teach students
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How about we teach students to look both ways before crossing the street? How about we teach them that walking next to a busy road with your I-pod blaring isn't a good idea? While I at it lets also remind them it's also not a good idea to walk around staring at your smart phone and not paying attention either.

Closing this road would be waste. Everyone should know how to stop before crossing and look both ways. If we closed every road because someone accidently got hit then there would be no roads left for cars to travel on.

I'm tired of the government over regulating things because of human stupidity. If you can't be bothered to look both ways, stop listening to your i-pod, or checking your smartphone while walking in a busy street you have no sympathies from me.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/30/12 - 12:00 pm
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Soapy 725 asked about a

Soapy 725 asked about a precedent:

Is there a standard from some other university that we reuse?

Yes, there is a precedent. The western edge of the Georgia Tech campus used to be a commuter thorofare called Hemphill Avenue, NW. In the late 60s, early 70s, Georgia Tech was able to get funding to acquire and raze low-income housing in the area west of Hemphill Ave. and build classrooms, the student activity center, and dorms over there. Students then had to cross Hemphill Ave., much to the ire of the Atlanta rush hour drivers. There were enough commuter/student collisions and near misses that Hemphill Ave. was finally closed and a nice bypass built for the commuters. It was a win-win, and it would be a win-win for Gazoo to close down Laney-Walker inside their campus footprint. I also support Paine College closing down Druid Hills if they need it for safety or expansion. There are plenty of ways for vehicles to get where they are going downtown. We would never miss the loss of those little sections of road.

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allhans 04/30/12 - 12:38 pm
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Most streets around Emory U

Most streets around Emory U were made one-way. Some streets now dead-end.
So it is not unheard of. Growing pains, you know.

Keeping it cool!

raul
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raul 04/30/12 - 07:04 pm
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I'm still trying to figure

I'm still trying to figure out why Laney-Walker is considered a historical district.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/01/12 - 07:38 am
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Good question, Raul. Every

Good question, Raul. Every neighborhood has some kind of history.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/01/12 - 07:42 am
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Hey, soapy, at least when the

Hey, soapy, at least when the city deeds Berkmanns road to the Augusta National Golf Club, the sheriff's deputies won't have to arrest ticket solicitors any more.

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