Our View: On making Uptowne, Cedrow Drive ‘walkable’

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 02:14 AM

Last month’s series of charrettes, comments and recommendations on city redevelopment and revitalization already are having an impact. Last week, the Enterprise reported that plans for a roundabout at the intersection of Lindsay Street, Elm Street and W. Parkway Avenue have been altered based on discussions last month.
The layout of the roundabout, which will keep traffic flowing through the intersection instead of forcing motorists to sit seemingly forever waiting on traffic lights to change, has been redesigned to make the traffic pattern smoother. And, according to Wendy Fuscoe, City Project executive director, the redesign also incorporates several of the pedestrian-friendly features that the Andres Duany team recommended last month.
The roundabout borders the Uptowne High Point area that was a focus of the Duany study. A goal of revitalization efforts there is to transform Uptowne into a “walkable urban core.” And preliminary sketches and ideas — which we’ll see and write more about later — look nice.
But there’s another street in High Point that also needs work to make it more “walkable” — Cedrow Drive.
Last month, a section of Cedrow Drive near its intersection with Enterprise Drive was the scene of a serious hit-and-run incident in which four children were hurt and medical treatment was required. Fortunately, no injuries were life-threatening. The four school-age children were walking along the side of the road —in an area of Cedrow that does not have sidewalks.
That section of Cedrow Drive between Scientific Street and where Cedrow now crosses over the new Interstate 74, once was less developed. But over the years it has become a moderately-developed residential area. There’s even a pool, a park, a baseball field and basketball court — but there is no sidewalk, not on either side of the road.
Residents of the area say children walk along that section of the road frequently, and a drive along Cedrow on Wednesday supported such statements. Perhaps, a sidewalk should have been installed on the side of the street where improvements were made several years ago as the area developed residentially. But certainly, now is the time to begin planning such an improvement — before any life-threatening injuries or life-taking incidents occur.