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Shelby Park pedestrians would like to look both ways when crossing the street. Two-way conversions have trickled in over the years in nearby Old Louisville. Oak Street, First Street, and Brook Street all accommodate two-way travel. Other plans have been a one-way track to more discussion and endless study. Still, New Albany is pushing ahead with a two-way plan and Downtown seems closer than ever to change (more on those plans later).

Wednesday, Bicycling for Louisville (B4L) and the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA) are hosting a public meeting to discuss the future of the neighborhood’s streets. Representatives from Metro Public Works and Advanced Planning will be on hand to answer questions, clarify the process, and explain the challenges of two-way street conversions.

Map showing three street couplets to be discussed at the meeting. (Courtesy Google; Montage by Broken Sidewalk)
Map showing three street couplets to be discussed at the meeting. (Courtesy Google; Montage by Broken Sidewalk)

Three “street pairs”—parallel streets running opposite one-way directions—will be examined. Those include:

According to B4L, the event promises “frank discussions of intergovernmental coordination efforts.” Which, frankly, are long overdue. “The city’s received $4.3 million in federal funds for two-way conversions,” B4L wrote on the event Facebook page. “We hope you’ll join us in Shelby Park on Wednesday as we discuss the logistics for how and when that will be implemented.”

The event begins at 6:00p.m. Wednesday at The St. Catherine, 729 East St. Catherine Street, when wine and beer will be served. The discussion will begin at 6:30p.m. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

(Top Image: Preston Street looking south towards St. Catherine Street. Courtesy Google Street View.)

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. I wish I had the money, or I’d buy these $20K houses in Shelby Park today and wait 5-10 years when they’re $80K and climbing.

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