Thursday,
April 17

 
CULTURE

A roundabout fix for downtown


A proposed roundabout for the intersection of San Pedro, Navarro, Soledad and North Main. A proposed roundabout for the intersection of San Pedro, Navarro, Soledad and North Main. Right after I first moved to San Antonio I decided to explore downtown and some of its sights, like the Alamo. These were the days before GPS and turn-by-turn directions. I picked up a map and plotted a simple course down Fredericksburg Road, which seemed to head toward downtown. Two hours later I gave up on my quest, thwarted by streets that ended abruptly or turned away from what I thought was downtown. If only I’d had that voice telling me to “Turn right at the next intersection.”

Now, as a downtown resident, I often find myself playing the role of ambassador, directing tourists in River North to the Alamo. The conversation always starts with a pause while I try to figure out a route that won’t confuse them even more.

So I dug into the newly drafted Downtown Transportation Study, the culmination of extensive planning and community meetings, to find out if the mouse maze had been solved and we would soon have a more navigable downtown, not only for residents but the millions of tourists that visit our city each year.


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