Sunday, November 10, 2013

Residents: Ardmore better with blacktop

By Chris Dierken and Leif Reigstad
Bengal News West Reporters
Residents of Ardmore Place are finding that the historic brick they rallied to keep uncovered is more than they bargained for.
From afar, the street looks smooth and even. But a closer look reveals crooked, uneven bricks and gaps every ten feet filled with loose asphalt.
In July, the city ripped up the road to repave it. When residents saw the exposed red brick underneath the pavement, they pushed the city to allow them to keep it. Now, that initial excitement seems to have faded. 
“It’s not the way things are today,” Danelle Castiglia, 68 Ardmore Place, said. “It’s fun to hang on to nostalgia, but I don’t think it’s practical. There’s a reason they paved it [40] years ago.”
“It’s pretty to look at,” Castiglia  said. “But I don’t think it’s going to be practical.”
Kenneth Guidie, whose girlfriend lives on Ardmore, said he doesn’t like that skateboarding or rollerblading on the brick is difficult.
“The road is bumpy, you have to drive really slow when you’re driving over it,” Guidie said. “It’s noisy, that’s another complaint people have been having.”
With winter approaching, residents are worried that snowplows won’t be able to go down Ardmore without scraping the road, and that salt might erode the recently discovered red bricks.
            “I like the feel that it brings, the look of it,” Guidie said. “Other than that, I don’t care for it. That’s going to be a mess if they don’t raise their plows up a couple of inches, like they should.”