Kalamazoo’s historic “Main Street,” Michigan Ave., is in dire need of re-establishing itself as the transportation corridor and gathering place it was years ago. The corridor must once again become a safe vehicular, pedestrian friendly connector to and through downtown.

Conversion of one-way traffic to two-way and the redesign of the pedestrian streetscape must be at the forefront of this improvement plan. Furthermore, it must include the entire corridor, from Lovell St. to E. Kalamazoo Ave.

Though preliminary plans have been drawn, this is an enormous undertaking that will take several years to implement. The project will no doubt require phasing and a bold step to commit the energy and dollars needed to make it happen