Letter: Widening 38th Street caused community disconnect

It’s interesting that 38th Street is the example Tom Gallagher chose for his recent Urban Design column [“Bike more and ‘drive steady’ for a more sustainable city,” Oct. 22].

I remember when Maple Road had fewer lanes and tree lawns (including maples!) on both sides of the street. In fact, I have clear memories of sitting on the mini-hill in front of the Oxford Gables Apartments, watching the construction of 38th Street as it is now—or should I say, the destruction of Maple Road.

The widening of 38th Street also caused a disconnect between the homes south of 38th Street and those on the north. We were all one neighborhood back then, when kids from both sides of Maple Road attended School 66.

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Sally Cook

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