Lack of a walkable downtown highlighted as weakness for Quincy

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Blues in the District is one of the unofficial kick offs to summer and that means more people will be out in Quincy’s downtown. However, a recent study showed many people find it hard to get around the city on foot, especially downtown.

In fact, a walkable downtown, accessible parking and too many one-way streets were all shown to be weaknesses in a recent transportation study done by a consulting firm commissioned by the City of Quincy.

“This was a result of comments and input we got from the public from the strategic planning process,” said Quincy City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer.

Bevelheimer says the traffic study looked at the overall downtown street network and how to make it more visitor friendly.

“3rd and 4th streets, which are one way streets, act as a barrier to development both in terms of pedestrian access, as well as in terms of development of buildings because of the high amount of truck traffic on those streets,” said Bevelheimer.

Those streets are right next to Washington Park which serves as a hub of events throughout the year, including Blues in the District.

Quincy resident Johnna Lambert says she’s been coming to Blues in the District for the past 20 years.

“I like outdoor events and the music is generally good,” said Lambert.

Lambert says she lives in walking distance of Washington Park but rarely walks over.

“I don’t walk much because there’s not much shopping down here,” said Lambert.

For Kenneth Griffin, parking is an issue.

“There’s not enough handicap parking down around here,” said Griffin. “You got one space here and then you go another one way over on the other end.”

There will be a public meeting about traffic concerns on August 20. That will be the first of many meetings regarding possible changes within the downtown.

Also in the traffic study it pointed out some key strengths for Quincy including; Quincy Regional Airport’s flights to Chicago, the Amtrak station, the Mississippi River and the city’s close proximity to major highways.

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Kaylee Pfeiferling

Kaylee Pfeiferling

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