Wednesday, August 02, 2000

Ludlow road paving stopped

Mayor saves city's last brick street after residents petition

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LUDLOW — With less than 24 hours' notice that their historic cobblestone street was about to be paved, residents of the 500 block of Linden Street sprang into action.

Tom Stacy
        Soon after Ludlow City Hall opened for business Monday, residents who wanted to preserve the last brick street in this Ohio River city of 4,736 were tying up the phone lines.

        By evening, opponents of the paving project had presented Mayor Tom Stacy with petitions signed by most of Linden Street's 39 households.

        The mayor said he checked with Ludlow's city attorney and engineer, then “yanked the street off the paving list” after learning that it was within his power to do so.

        The $40,000 that would have been spent to pave the 670-foot section of Linden Street will instead be used to improve another city street, Mr. Stacy said.

        “This shows the power of the people,” the first-term mayor said. “They didn't want this project done, so it didn't get done.”

        Linden Street, which dates to the 19th century, is marked by granite curbs and a couple of hitching posts for horses.

        Residents said they learned of the city's plans to pave part of the street on Sunday, when city workers posted “No parking” signs.

        “We were shocked when we heard it was going to be blacktop ped,” long-time resident Rosemary Young said. “We thought the "No parking' signs were for street cleaning, until one of the neighbors checked into it.”

        Chris Arns, who is the third generation of her family to live on Linden Street, acknowledged “the curbs probably need to be re-done.”

        But, she added, “other than that, it's a piece of history.”

        Mr. Stacy said he hopes to patch the curbs with concrete, as the city explores alternatives for fixing them.

        “At one time, there were brick streets all over this town,” said Hester White, who's lived in Ludlow nearly half a century. “Now, (Linden) is the only one left.”


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