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Lincoln Park locals spend last weeks without sidewalks

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San DIegans living in Lincoln Park walk back and forth on Holly Drive on a black asphalt walkway that stops short at a parking lot on the Euclid Avenue corner. Neighborhood locals on the street block two churches stand, on the southside, have only fences, and no paved walk. Dirt stays under the footsteps.

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The walks a re narrow for a block that runs between two busy cross streets. Lincoln High School at the west end. Euclid Avenue onthe east.

District 4 Councilwoman Myrtle Cole did not take 'no' for an answer on keeping the Lincoln Park locals safe on Holly Drive. The block's home and church addresses made the list of neighborhood places in San Diego in Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Neighborhoods FIRST plan. On Wednesday, April 30th, the city broke ground on street revitalization work.

Joined by the mayor, on the dirt corner across the street from Lincoln High School, Cole prepared the neighborhood to get busy, and, move past the work delay. "Revitalizing our neighborhoods and infrastructure improvements are top priorities for me. It is no secret that we need sidewalks in this district. We are thrilled to break ground on this project that will install long-awaited sidewalks on Holly Drive," said Councilwoman Myrtle COle. Pastor Terrell Fletcher, from the Holly Drive City of Hope Church, and Public WOrks Department officials, stood on the dirt with COle to make the first dig into the dirt ground happen.

Not yet made safe, the walks, on Friday, May 23rd, still kept Lincoln Park locals off the block.

But, soon, the locals will have sidewalks to get together on. Wlaks, on both sides, lined with new trees.

WOrkers will widen the two lane street path. And, resurface the blacktop on the worn out driving road. STeady traffic needs a smooth open road.

A road not too fast for the locals going to and from the high school during the week, and the churches on Sundays. New speed bumps will slow down drivers.

Not too early to fill the block with new infrastructure. New curbs and curb ramps go in on a block shallow paved driveways blend into the walks and the street. A little protection against water runs during rain is also on order. THe gutters and drainage workers put in will keep water away from the walks, the driving road, and the block's buildings. The trough on the drive hill needs to handle water.

Euclid Avenue no longer will divide neighborhood blocks ont he east with new streets from the Holly Drive block a little safety, and nice street lines, have long been saved for a later day.

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