City wants master plan for pedestrian malls
The city of Aspen is running low on its stash of turn-of-the-20th-century bricks that make up the downtown pedestrian malls, and is looking at the big picture in terms of future utilities and infrastructure improvements for the park-like corridors.
In the early 1970s, St. Louis decided to give up some of its cobblestoned streets for modern paving. Aspen acquired about 500,000 of those bricks, manufactured around 1900, just as it decided in 1973 to block auto traffic from portions of Hyman and Cooper avenues, as well as Mill and Galena streets, and turn them into landscaped pedestrian malls. The bricks were shipped via 26 train car loads, according to a write up from Aspen’s historic preservation officer Amy Simon. The malls, with trees, sculpture and winding streams, were completed in 1976, using up about 320,000 of the bricks.
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