Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Alley to be renamed

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTGOMERY — As part of a continuing effort to recognize and aesthetically improve the city's historic downtown district along Montgomery Road, City Council is expected to rename a small alley before locating some outside artwork and a plaque there to recognize the town's early businesses.

        Juanita Conklin, president of the Montgomery Historical and Preservation Association, said the group and the city's Landmarks Commission have asked City Council to change the name of Straight Alley to Parrott Alley. Dunc Parrott opened a general store near the alley in 1869, and it remained in business until 1931. Council is expected to approve the change this summer.

        The alley provides a block-long walkway from parking lots along Shelly Lane, west of and behind the city's business district and Montgomery Road. The alley is north of Cooper and Montgomery roads and opposite the historic Sage Tavern Building.

        “This all started with the city's arts commission. They came to us because they eventually want to display some sculpture or other outdoor art along the walkway,” Mrs. Conklin said. “You need the approval of the historical and preservation association and Landmarks Commission to do anything in historic downtown.”


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