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Monday, October 22, 2007

Can't Scare the Old Gray Lady:

"Good journalism for an intelligent general audience is hard. And we’re really good at it. Taking on The Times is not as easy as waving a credit card and proclaiming yourself 'fair and balanced. . . .' We have every reason to feel confident that we can hold our own if [Rupert] Murdoch decides to build The Journal beyond its business-reader base. In all the Murdoch parlor-gaming, I don’t hear anyone suggesting that he would attempt to match the depth of our coverage in culture, science, education, health, religion, sports, lifestyle, etc., etc. Not to mention business coverage that even devout Journal readers find they can't afford to miss."

-- Bill Keller, editor, New York Times, on Murdoch's promised Wall Street Journal challenge to Times national dominance, Oct. 16, 2007

River Heights approves design for expanded parking at new park

By Brittany Strickland

September 27, 2007 | RIVER HEIGHTS -- City Council members met Tuesday to discuss further implements of the parking solutions at Ryan's Place Park. The park is located at 400 S. 600 East in River Heights.

For concerns of public safety as well as practicality, it was previously suggested by Blake Wright, who is in charge of Planning and Zoning for the city, that angled parking should be added along the southern side of 400 South. As well the additional parking, it was recommended that the current on-street parking on the eastern side of 600 East be eliminated. With these changes, approximately 45-46 new parking stalls will be available to the public and they will be more accesible and safe for families entering and exiting their vehicles.

Many residents are pleased with the upcoming alterations, but others are not as content with the changes. Worries were mentioned about visitors parking in the residents' driveways or blocking garages. Many are concerned about the privacy of their homes as well as other issues about the arrival of street signs obstructing views. Wright responded to complaints by saying, "We know it's going to be an inconvenience for the residences... but I think it will help with traffic circulation and some safety issues."

Mayor Bill Baker made a point to express his concern for the children of the city by explaining the purpose for this new change, saying, "That's the whole idea: trying to cut down on the potential for kid damage."

Though some residents are concerned about the convenience of the new parking, there is a greater responsibility of the officials to provide a safe place for the families of River Heights.

Councilman Robert Gines approved the conceptual design of the angled parking on 400 South and parallel parking on 600 East as well as eliminating parking on the north side of 400 South and the east side of 600 East. For contact information on the developments at Ryan's Place Park, contact Blake Wright at 435-752-6158.

In other business, the council:
-- reviewed and accepted Rebecca O'Neill's minor subdivision request.
-- discussed the progress of public works being implemented in the city.
-- considered ways of better communication to the city concerning the chip and seal program.

The River Heights City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the City Office Building, 520 S 500 East.


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