My first take on this story about city council members having some issues with the Springfield Clinic’s plans to build over Sixth Street was to roll my eyes at a bunch of fuddy-duddies prepared to stand in the way of what sounds like a neat addition to the city. But having thought more about it, I’m not so sure.
First, let me say that I’m commenting out of ignorance since I haven’t seen the proposed addition to the clinic. (Is it available online somewhere?) So I have to use my imagination as to what it might even look like.
Having said that, I am sort of surprised that they are talking about what amounts to a Sixth Street tunnel through the new building. I had previously imagined a nice covered walkway between two buildings. From what I hear that isn’t the case with a three-story structure going up over the street.
I have no problem with this in general but underpasses of some length tend to get really dirty and run-down looking fairly quickly. And I guess that’s were my concern comes in. But like I said I haven’t seen the plans so it’s kind of hard to pass final judgment.