In April of 2006 I first mentioned the barrels that completely blocked through traffic on Olive at Walton in the Central West End.Â The next Month, in May of 2006 I looked into the issue a bit closer and realized that Olive was the dividing line between two wards.Â Below is an image from that post.
At the time I wrote:
Olive, a once great road, is politically divided. One side of the street from Boyle Westward is in the 18th Ward (Terry Kennedy) and the other is in the 28th Ward (Lyda Krewson). Both sides of the street, however, are fully within the Central West End neighborhood. From an urban perspective the issues relating to the rebirth of this street do not fall into line with ward boundaries.
In June 2006 I was happy to report that Ald. Lyda Krewson of the 28th Ward had made the decision to remove the old barrels and open the eastbound portion of Olive to traffic once again.Â However, the westbound barrels remained in place.
Recently, Ald. Kennedy finally relented and had the remaining barrels removed allowing a free flow of traffic on Olive — a first in many decades.
Much investment and development is happening in the areas formerly on the wrong side of street closings so hopefully we will see a nice blending of the areas.Â It is just too hard to justify developing on the bad side of closed streets.Â The Central West End folks that pushed for the reopening of Olive deserve lots of credit.Â Viva la street grid!