03 - 09 - 2010 Pedestrian mall proposal nixed by State College Borough Council
(CDT) Last night, State College Borough Council said that South Allen Street will be kept open to traffic. By 4-2 vote, the council rejected the borough Transportation Committeeâs request to study making a pedestrian mall between College & Beaver avenues. Last month, the commission added the possible study to its 2010 work plan, recommending that the council approve the plan. But when the request came up last night, Councilwoman Theresa Lafer promptly made a motion to deny it. She gave no explanation, but in the subsequent discussion, some Council members expressed reservations about a mall. Claiming that 90% of pedestrian malls nationwide have failed, one councilman said it would be a âhuge transformation of downtownâ that might attract âderelictsâ at night & become a dangerous area.