Permanent Bottleneck Coming Soon to Main Street?

The new Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Building came with a steep price. No, we are not talking about the nearly $14 million price tag. We are talking about the removal of one of the lanes heading south on Main Street in downtown Grapevine, Texas.

At the City Council workshop on Tuesday night, we learned that the lane on the part of Main Street near the new CVB building has been permanently removed.  In place of the lane is an extended side walk and a place to parallel park two or three cars in front of the new CVB building.

So our question is:

Was the two or three additional parking spaces added worth losing a driving lane on Main Street in downtown?

Here is a quick news flash:  There is a lot of traffic currently (and probably in the future) on Main Street.

Discussions also centered around removing a portion of the north bound lane in front of the J.E. Foust & Son funeral home and adding seven new parallel parking spaces there.  Did we mention the traffic on Main Street?

From a pure traffic point of view, Main Street needs all the lanes it can get.  We have no idea when or from where the plan came to remove the lane in front of the new CVB building, but it is a bad plan.

From an artistic (and photographic) perspective adding parking in front of buildings is also a mistake.  Vehicles in front of buildings remove some of the picturesque quality.

We are having a difficult time grasping the rationale here.

Maybe we can put up a new sign near the city limits.  “Welcome to the Christmas Congestion Capital of Texas.”

3 Comments

  1. Frankly I suprised ANY parking is going along the street in from of the new CVB building. Won’t vehicles parked there block views of that ridiculous monument?

    And the City just added two large new parking lots. One at the corner of West Texas and Church Street (at the foot of the big round water tower). The other corner of East Worth and Jenkins Street (across from Lazy Bones). These two lots added about 70 new parking spaces to downtown.

    Seven more spaces at the expense of Main Street traffic conveyance is foolhardy.

  2. Main Street traffic through downtown has been and will always been a bottle neck.
    Main street from NW Highway to Franklin St. is one lane in each direction with parallel parking. I don’t see how extending that pattern another couple of blocks to Hudgins St is going to have much of an impact on traffic through downtown.

    Its best to avoid Main Street from NW Highway to Dallas if you don’t like Congestion sub 20 MPH traffic. I suggest Bell, Church or even Dooley as alternate routs around the congestion in downtown.

  3. Man, $14 million doesn’t go far these days, I guess. The CVB receptionist sits in a totally barren echo-hall of a lobby. The only furniture is a folding table and a chair for her.

    Here’s how the conversation went:

    Receptionist: Hello-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo. C’mon in-in-in-in-in.
    Me: Hi-i-i-i-i-i-i. Wow-ow-ow-ow-ow. That’s quite an echo-o-o-o-o-o-o.
    Receptionist:No kidding-ing-ing-ing-ing. And I’m all alone-own-own-own down here-ere-ere-ere.
    Me: Gotta run-un-un-un-un.

    Check it out.