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Butler St. deal?

City, MC say they aren’t talking about closing 3 blocks to traffic; but the rumors persist

January 21, 2014

Though major changes are planned for the intersection right around the corner this spring, city and Marietta College officials say there are no current plans to change the status of Butler Street......

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NasCarNut

Jan-22-14 9:01 AM

I have the power on my side as in law emforcement and that's all that matters

So you're not as perfect as you say you are, you just get away with things b/c you know people in high places??...I wonder how many of your law enforcement buddies would back up your comments on here??...if only one did we have problems within our law enforcement team...

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exofDevola

Jan-21-14 8:03 PM

I don't understand all the problems here. In the article it mentions that somewhere down the road, this may become a possibility . I don't think I'd get too stressed about something that may come to pass in 20 years.

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slogoin

Jan-21-14 5:47 PM

And their little police dept gets the same grants and funds from the taxpayer that OUR local depts recieve.The taxpayer shouldnt bear that load for their private little"keep it out of the newspaper" quasi police force.If I have a beef with the WCSO,I can go to Larry and voice my concerns.He is held accountable by the voters.Same with the MCPD,the chief answers to the mayor and he answers to the voters.I dont have that option with a private police force operating in MY county.

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slogoin

Jan-21-14 5:36 PM

I live a faily straight l;egal life..might go a couple mph over,occ a seatbelt.Saying its ok to monitor someone constantly should not bother them if they are doing no wrong has to be the most ignorant statement I have read on here for a long time.Statements such as yours makes life hard on folks who have read the constitution and try to protect the rights that we have.As far as employment by MC goes,if you think serving food and washing their dish's provides a living wage for the locals here,you are mistaken.I never said that MC needed shut down,I stated they have already been given a lot of leeway ,streets and services.Let me guess,a retired security guard by chance?

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iloverootbeer

Jan-21-14 5:35 PM

So we close off Butler to help adult college students only to make the intersection on 7th/putnam/glendale more dangerous for middle school children with even more traffic? Then the next thing we know about is a new plan for that intersection. Endless cycle

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slogoin

Jan-21-14 4:47 PM

Who in Marietta decided that this little town should become Athens.Wanting to put a bunch of bars downtown,already HAVE given streets to MC.The have a police force that is NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLY with open records laws and recording my plates when I drive by on the roads that I pay for.Their students eat up the public parking..but at the same time..to open a new business I have to arrange for parking before a permit will be issued.MC isnt that good of a neighbor.

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slogoin

Jan-21-14 4:39 PM

How many kids have been hit by cars ANYWHERE in Marietta?If they need a 15 mph speed limit to be safe..they aint never gonna make it in the real world anyway

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Tessie

Jan-21-14 4:37 PM

Brutus you finally made a comment that makes sense. Lowering the speed limit on the stretch of Butler running between 4th and 7th to 15mph might be a good solution. Drivers still need to be cautious and pedestrians need to use the crosswalks.

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CommonsenseEng

Jan-21-14 3:17 PM

Just wait a minute let’s not make hasty decisions about giving Butler Street up to the college until the upgrade to Seventh Pike intersection is completed. The changes to that intersect will alter traffic patterns considerably in that part of the city. Butler Street could become a major through fare because Putnam Street will not be able to handle all the additional traffic. Remember there will only be a right turn only from Green Street onto Seventh Street and that traffic has to go somewhere to get downtown.

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samy07

Jan-21-14 3:04 PM

Brutus--Steelergirls post was about a student on fourth street...do we give all the streets on campus to the college because the students can't cross in the crosswalk?

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MURPHY77

Jan-21-14 2:47 PM

The college has done a good job of building dorms and attractive facilities and they let the public use them. This has driven up the need for additional parking. Closing Butler would be a great thank you to the college for being a vibrant part of Marietta. And yes, there have been a number of wrecks on Butler near the dorms and a number of "almost" student hits. Close it up now.

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taytay

Jan-21-14 12:07 PM

I can't believe all the worry about college age adults safety in crossing a street. If they don't know how to cross the street perhaps the college ought to have a safety town class. I have tried for years to get something done about cars running the stop signs on Gilman Street near Harmar Elementary School. It is very dangerous at Gilman and Market Street. Maybe we should give them Gilman Street......

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taytay

Jan-21-14 12:07 PM

I can't believe all the worry about college age adults safety in crossing a street. If they don't know how to cross the street perhaps the college ought to have a safety town class. I have tried for years to get something done about cars running the stop signs on Gilman Street near Harmar Elementary School. It is very dangerous at Gilman and Market Street. Maybe we should give them Gilman Street......

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Tessie

Jan-21-14 10:42 AM

Butler is a traffic relief valve for locals to travel instead of using Pike St. It also channels traffic away from Putnam and Seventh which has a good bit of traffic due to the Middle School and the Frontier Shopping Center. It would be short-sighted to close Butler to traffic between 4th and 7th. Mr. Haney's comment makes no sense. Butler isn't a conduit for gas and oil industry traffic.

What makes sense is to require students to use the crosswalks instead of wandering here and there like a herd of cats. They need to learn to be attentive while they walk, stop texting, and pay attention to crosswalk rules. Marietta College isn't going to leave town if Butler St remains open to traffic.

And drivers need to be overly cautious and practice good defensive driving while traveling Butler.

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CommonsenseEng

Jan-21-14 9:58 AM

The city will create a mess if they upgrade Green and Pike as plan then give away Butler. City goverment what are you thinking about?

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BeRight

Jan-21-14 9:52 AM

I don’t want to say I told you so but I told you so.

Butler is going to be vacated.

In the whole scheme of things it is not big deal. We get to spend millions of dollars on a project er don't need and the College get Butler.

Win Win. LOL

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NasCarNut

Jan-21-14 9:28 AM

Most of the kids seem to stay close to the crosswalks."

Students should be IN the crosswalks when crossing, not close to the crosswalks...

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CommonsenseEng

Jan-21-14 9:23 AM

It is my understanding with the upgrade of the Seventh and Pike intersection the left hand turn from Green Street onto Seventh Street will be eliminated and you can only make a right hand turn. If this is the case more traffic will be using Butler Street to access the downtown area. I live out St Rt 26 and that would be my plan to avoid Pike Street at all cost.

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steelergirl

Jan-21-14 8:29 AM

Student safety should be a concern. Every student should have to take a course in "NOT walking into oncoming traffic." I almost hit a student on Fourth St. when he walked out from between two parked cars in the pouring rain. I had to hit the brakes to avoid hitting him and he just laughed. I bet he wouldn't have been laughing had I actually hit him!!! Idiot!!!

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steelergirl

Jan-21-14 8:29 AM

Student safety should be a concern. Every student should have to take a course in "NOT walking into oncoming traffic." I almost hit a student on Fourth St. when he walked out from between two parked cars in the pouring rain. I had to hit the brakes to avoid hitting him and he just laughed. I bet he wouldn't have been laughing had I actually hit him!!! Idiot!!!

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wps3417

Jan-21-14 8:17 AM

Agree with "Concerned",if they are saying it is not a part of the discussion, it most likely IS. The intersection project is a WASTE of money and is only being pursued at this point because the city has secured the $$. It is my understanding even the city engineer is no longer in favor? Butler Street has been "on the table" for years and the college, although they may be quiet about it, has not,nor will they give up. The idea that safety on Butler St.is an issue is absurd. These students are ADULTS! Our society has become so ridiculous in this sort of thing. Look before you cross and NEVER give up Butler St.

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BigNapper

Jan-21-14 7:28 AM

I say give them front street! It's already messed up! If they wish to make Butler safe for students they should build a raised cross way over the street so traffic and students don't mingle.

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concernedpatriot

Jan-21-14 6:53 AM

If the politicians are saying "no", you can bet money is will happen!

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