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Do you like having brick streets in Lawrence?

Response Percent Votes
Yes, keep all that we have
 
50% 530
No
 
35% 369
Yes, but they’re not worth the cost
 
12% 126
I don’t know
 
2% 22
Total 1047

Comments

gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 8 months ago

Sweet jesus no. My sports car has an extremely tight suspension and it feels as if it is being vibrated apart. My weather car has a truck-like suspension and it's like riding ocean waves.

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thuja 2 years, 8 months ago

If you want the roads to last longer, stop driving on them.

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goodcountrypeople 2 years, 8 months ago

Brick paving can be nice in selected places as an accent, but it's easy to trip on, especially when upkeep is not the best.

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witchfindergeneral 2 years, 8 months ago

This question really comes down to personal taste. Are brick streets practical? Not really-- properly maintained asphalt (sometimes a rarity in Lawrence) is obviously more practical and easier to maintain than brick.

Are brick streets aesthetically pleasing? I think so. I think most of them are charming (in a 19th century kinda way), nostalgic and, well, old-school. A few of them are even grotesquely beautiful--there's something strange yet entirely natural about grass growing in a public street.

Consider this: are parks practical? Many parks around downtown are situated on "prime" real estate. Economically, it would make more sense to turn South Park, for example, into an extension of downtown, another block or two for more businesses, restaurants, bars, etc. Parks are often hard and expensive to maintain. But are parks aesthetically pleasing, do they enrich the lives of many people? Yes, undoubtedly so.

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akuna 2 years, 8 months ago

Here is a way to greatly reduce the cost of building and maintaining brick roads.

http://inhabitat.com/amazing-brick-machine-rolls-out-roads-like-carpet/

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Abdu Omar 2 years, 8 months ago

I drive the streets all day every day as I drive a bus. The streets in Lawrence have a lot to be desired and they put asphalt on West Clinton for no reason. We should prioritize our street repair and not do both ends of 6th street at the same time. Everywhere I drive, I have to take detours because a cement truck or a road crew is blocking the way. I take patients to the hospital and what a mess at 6th and Maine. Cars backed up for blocks on 6th street and our lovely students always turn where there is a 'no turn' sign. Why is that? You do know they are back!!!

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dogsandcats 2 years, 8 months ago

I answered "I don't know" because none of the other options fit. I would like them if they were well-maintained. They are not being maintained and, thus, I do not currently like them. I also do not like the shoddy job of spreading asphalt over the brick streets and allowing potholes to form and not filling them, or shoddily filling them so there are potholes again a short time later. In short, the streets in Lawrence suck.

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Cai 2 years, 8 months ago

The issue really ends up being moot, to me. We can't take care of our asphalt streets (see Arkansas Street between 9th and 10th for a really bad example if you don't believe me...)

We can't take care of our brick streets any better.

Yes, its a money thing. But where's the option for "I don't care, provided the road is well maintained?"

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LJ Whirled 2 years, 8 months ago

They need to be maintained, which is too expensive. Funding for the extra maintenance should be raised from the neighborhood with the brick streets through a special improvement district.

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George_Braziller 2 years, 8 months ago

The brick streets in my hometown were put down about 1900 and they have never required any repairs. They were built to last. They were so well installed that after more than a century they still can handle semis and fully loaded wheat trucks.

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consumer1 2 years, 8 months ago

if the folks who live on brick streets want them repaired rather than paved over they should pay additional taxes for the additional cost over paving. Sounds fair to me. I don't want to pay for their need to feel special. There are brick streets under many of the paved streets in Lawence.

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brutus 2 years, 8 months ago

I love them. I love the sound they make when the tires roll over it. They are like a built-in speed bump so no one speeds over them. Some of them need work but they are beautiful and last forever.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

Hitching posts and watering troughs downtown would be a nice touch.

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Scut Farkus 2 years, 8 months ago

We don't drive Model T's anymore and are roads should be built to last and provide the smoothest driving experience possible.

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Dan Klamet 2 years, 8 months ago

The state of the brick paving is an embarrassment. ESPECIALLY the sidewalks, which are completely and utterly unusable if you are in a wheelchair/scooter. I work off of Mississippi and the paving is starting to degrade and show the brick underneath. Not exactly a great foundation for a road to last.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 8 months ago

No, nooo, no. don't believe i do. they ain't all that.

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irvan moore 2 years, 8 months ago

the brick street on the 2100 block of Vermont is the worst ever, they are not pavers and the street needs to be resurfaced, it is underlay brick that didn't get covered when they "fixed" the street.

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