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}}The eastern '''Downtown Mall Crossing''' is an intersection allowing vehicular traffic to cross the [[Downtown Mall]] at Fourth Street East. On [[August 12, 2017]], it was the site of the murder of [[Heather Heyer]] and wounding of several dozen other peaceful protesters in the car attack by white supremacist James Alex Fields.
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}}The {{PAGENAME}} is an intersection allowing vehicular traffic to cross the [[Downtown Mall]] at Fourth Street East from north to south. On [[August 12, 2017]], it was the site of the murder of [[Heather Heyer]] and wounding of several dozen other peaceful protesters in the car attack by white supremacist James Alex Fields.
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A petition has been circulated to close the crossing permanently. <ref name="petition">{{cite web|title=C'Ville Woman Creates Petition to Close Fourth Street Crossing to Vehicular Traffic|url=https://www.nbc29.com/story/40900307/cville-woman-creates-petition-to-close-fourth-street-crossing-for-car-traffic|author=Carly Kempler|work=News Article|publisher=WVIR NBC29|location=|publishdate=August 9, 2019|accessdate=August 15, 2019}}</ref> 
  
 
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Ever since a section of Main Street in downtown Charlottesville was closed to vehicular traffic in the 1970s, opening up side streets for crossing of the pedestrian mall has caused a great deal of controversy. The first one was approved in the 1990s, and allows drivers to cross south-to-north at 2nd Street W.  
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Ever since a section of Main Street in downtown Charlottesville was closed to vehicular traffic in the 1970s, opening up side streets for crossing of the pedestrian mall has caused a great deal of controversy. The [[2nd Street Downtown Mall Crossing|first one]] was approved in the 1990s allowing drivers to cross south-to-north at 2nd Street W. {{fact}}
  
 
Until 2003, it was possible to cross the mall using 7th Street E, but that was bricked over as part of the Mall's extension.  
 
Until 2003, it was possible to cross the mall using 7th Street E, but that was bricked over as part of the Mall's extension.  
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After an initial discussion on February 2, 2006,<ref>{{Minutes-citycouncil|newid=|when=February 21, 2006|accessdate=2019-01-19|id=308711|url=http://weblink.charlottesville.org/Public/0/doc/308711/Page1.aspx}}</ref> City Council voted 4-1 on April 3 to approve a second vehicular crossing, and so began a one-year trial of a north-to-south crossing at 4th Street E lasting from May 2006 to May 2007. At the time [[Jim Tolbert]], director of the City's [[Neighborhood Development Services Department|Department of Neighborhood Development Services]], said staff recommended closing the crossing during Pavilion events and to locate any permanent crossing at 5th Street East.<ref>{{Minutes-citycouncil|newid=|when=April 3, 2006|accessdate=2019-01-19|id=308723|url=http://weblink.charlottesville.org/Public/0/doc/308723/Page1.aspx}}</ref>  
 
After an initial discussion on February 2, 2006,<ref>{{Minutes-citycouncil|newid=|when=February 21, 2006|accessdate=2019-01-19|id=308711|url=http://weblink.charlottesville.org/Public/0/doc/308711/Page1.aspx}}</ref> City Council voted 4-1 on April 3 to approve a second vehicular crossing, and so began a one-year trial of a north-to-south crossing at 4th Street E lasting from May 2006 to May 2007. At the time [[Jim Tolbert]], director of the City's [[Neighborhood Development Services Department|Department of Neighborhood Development Services]], said staff recommended closing the crossing during Pavilion events and to locate any permanent crossing at 5th Street East.<ref>{{Minutes-citycouncil|newid=|when=April 3, 2006|accessdate=2019-01-19|id=308723|url=http://weblink.charlottesville.org/Public/0/doc/308723/Page1.aspx}}</ref>  
  
City Council voted 3-2 on June 18, 2007 to retain the second crossing, though staff was ordered to bring forth a proposal to switch the second crossing to 5th Street East.  
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City Council voted 3-2 on June 18, 2007 to retain the second crossing, though staff was ordered to bring forth a proposal to switch the second crossing to 5th Street East. {{fact}}
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The [[City Planning Commission]] voted for a second time on [[December 11]], [[2007]], that the second crossing was consistent with the City's comprehensive plan. The matter of where the crossing should be permanently located was not determined immediately. Either project would have carried an estimated $900,000 price-tag according to Tolbert.
  
The City Planning Commission voted for a second time on December 11, 2007, that the second crossing was consistent with the City's comprehensive plan. The matter of where the crossing should be permanently located has not yet been finalized. Either project carries an estimated $900,000 price-tag according to Tolbert.
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==Purpose==
  
The stated purpose of the project is to:
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The stated purpose of the {{PAGENAME}} was to:
  
 
#Improve business on the east end of the Mall.  
 
#Improve business on the east end of the Mall.  
 
#Improve flow of traffic around Mall by replacing crossing removed by Eastern Mall Expansion project  
 
#Improve flow of traffic around Mall by replacing crossing removed by Eastern Mall Expansion project  
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==Petition==
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Charlottesville resident Aileen Bartels started an online petition to close the mall for safety reasons, telling [[NBC29]] that she thought more people would visit the mall as a result. However, the idea is opposed by the [[Downtown Business Association]]. <ref name="petition" /> The idea of closing the mall was also considered in a $100,000 safety assessment of the mall. <ref>{{cite-progress|title=$100,000 for Downtown Mall risk and threat assessment|url=https://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/charlottesville-city-council-oks-for-downtown-mall-risk-and-threat/article_3ae89e32-5e1e-11e8-9401-67970f801a56.html|author=Chris Suarez|pageno=|printdate=May 22, 2018|publishdate=May 22, 2018|accessdate=August 15, 2019}}</ref>
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[[Category:Downtown Mall|Crossing]]
 
[[Category:Downtown Mall|Crossing]]

Revision as of 13:01, 15 August 2019


Downtown Mall Crossing
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Completed

Project Overview

1. Improve business on the east end of the Mall.
2. Improve flow of traffic around Mall by replacing crossing removed by Eastern Mall Expansion project
Cost No direct costs, costs to rebrick 4th Street SE now part of $7.5 mall revitalization program
Location Charlottesville
Sponsor Charlottesville

Status Update

City Council voted 3-2 on April 7, 2008 to make the 4th Street SE crossing permanent. The street will be rebricked as part of the Downtown Mall renovation.

Contact Alex Ikefuna, Director, Neighborhood Development Services, Charlottesville

The 4th Street Downtown Mall Crossing is an intersection allowing vehicular traffic to cross the Downtown Mall at Fourth Street East from north to south. On August 12, 2017, it was the site of the murder of Heather Heyer and wounding of several dozen other peaceful protesters in the car attack by white supremacist James Alex Fields.


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A petition has been circulated to close the crossing permanently. [1]

Map

Project details

Ever since a section of Main Street in downtown Charlottesville was closed to vehicular traffic in the 1970s, opening up side streets for crossing of the pedestrian mall has caused a great deal of controversy. The first one was approved in the 1990s allowing drivers to cross south-to-north at 2nd Street W. [citation needed]

Until 2003, it was possible to cross the mall using 7th Street E, but that was bricked over as part of the Mall's extension.

After an initial discussion on February 2, 2006,[2] City Council voted 4-1 on April 3 to approve a second vehicular crossing, and so began a one-year trial of a north-to-south crossing at 4th Street E lasting from May 2006 to May 2007. At the time Jim Tolbert, director of the City's Department of Neighborhood Development Services, said staff recommended closing the crossing during Pavilion events and to locate any permanent crossing at 5th Street East.[3]

City Council voted 3-2 on June 18, 2007 to retain the second crossing, though staff was ordered to bring forth a proposal to switch the second crossing to 5th Street East. [citation needed]

The City Planning Commission voted for a second time on December 11, 2007, that the second crossing was consistent with the City's comprehensive plan. The matter of where the crossing should be permanently located was not determined immediately. Either project would have carried an estimated $900,000 price-tag according to Tolbert.

Purpose

The stated purpose of the 4th Street Downtown Mall Crossing was to:

  1. Improve business on the east end of the Mall.
  2. Improve flow of traffic around Mall by replacing crossing removed by Eastern Mall Expansion project

Petition

Charlottesville resident Aileen Bartels started an online petition to close the mall for safety reasons, telling NBC29 that she thought more people would visit the mall as a result. However, the idea is opposed by the Downtown Business Association. [1] The idea of closing the mall was also considered in a $100,000 safety assessment of the mall. [4]


External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. C'Ville Woman Creates Petition to Close Fourth Street Crossing to Vehicular Traffic, Carly Kempler, News Article, WVIR NBC29, August 9, 2019, retrieved August 15, 2019.
  2. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, February 21, 2006.
  3. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, April 3, 2006.
  4. Web. $100,000 for Downtown Mall risk and threat assessment, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, May 22, 2018, retrieved August 15, 2019.