More blather appears on today's editorial page pushing the Varick Street closure. As I commented a few days ago, improvements to the street scape make sense -- but closing the (now only 1/2) block between Edward and Court does not.
Do the promoters of this plan really know what they are doing?
Conspicuously absent from the discussion are traffic counts, trip destination information and surveys of people who use the portion of Varick Street that will be closed.
Anecdotally many people coming from the West to go Downtown cut over Varick to avoid the Court Street-Arterial intersection. One can imagine this small change significantly increasing the traffic at the Court-Arterial intersection, thereby justifying the Arterial Overpass at that location that suddenly seemed to have appeared out of nowhere on both the "Depressed Highway" and "Boulevard" alternatives for the proposed Arterial remake -- an overpass that many who live and work in West Utica find objectionable.
Without knowing what we are doing, we may wind up actually killing the businesses on Varick, and at the Finish Line on Court, and create a need for an overpass that will isolate this neighborhood completely.
One has to ask, how can the powers-that-be come up with a plan to close a street without actually studying traffic impacts? ... And Why?