Plans for a Main Street ‘Diet’

I saw this on the informational meeting and city council meeting agendas (DOC: roaddiet)

While I agree with the concept of diagonal and ‘timed parking’ and closing down to two lanes on Main Ave. I am wondering why/how the city directors just pulled this out of their butts to present to the council? They are doing a presentation at 4 PM, then want the council to approve the concept at the 7 PM meeting in a ‘motion’. This should be an agenda item that should be discussed in the land use committee, not something Smith and Cotter cooked up over coffee and donuts with the mayor. Yes, I know, traffic studies were done and public input. But why the rush to get the council to approve this without their input? We can’t even give them a week to look over the plans? Just a couple of hours?

Road diet? More like communication diet.


#1 Randall on 06.17.14 at 11:00 am

Have they ever considered a ban on/fines for parking extended-box pickups, or “overlong” vehicles on Phillips?

#2 SF Resident on 06.17.14 at 11:35 am

Why the rush to get the council to approve this without their input?


The Influence of Two SF Families

The Rick Weiland Family/Parker’s Bistro

The Bob Correa Family/ The new McNally’s Pub at the former Young and Richard’s location

#3 Dan Daily on 06.17.14 at 11:36 am

Proof the council doesn’t have checks & balances over the mayor. He bypasses them for major decisions occupying their time with malt liquor licenses and trash cans. There’s no democratic principle. Being a councilor is dysfunctional and embarrassing.

#4 Dan Daily on 06.17.14 at 11:39 am

When it comes to running for council, the other kind of ‘run’.

#5 teatime on 06.17.14 at 12:41 pm

Maybe this method is buried in that Shape Places plan somewhere.

#6 Scott on 06.17.14 at 1:04 pm

I’m not sure I’m in favor of this, given how too many morons have yet to figure out how to park their giant pickups on Phillips. Or how to look before backing out.

#7 l3wis on 06.17.14 at 1:38 pm

There has already been discussion here about the large vehicles. As I understand it, if you are obstructing the street/traffic, you can get a ticket.

#8 anominous on 06.17.14 at 2:38 pm

Wow, that’s a tight schedule. Almost like they were gonna sell a cement plant to Mexico.

Can’t really fault them for changing the traffic direction, plenty idiots already drive down it the wrong way.

#9 Scott on 06.17.14 at 3:05 pm

I’d like to see how many people have actually received one of those tickets.

#10 rufusx on 06.17.14 at 5:07 pm

Not sure why it needs to come to the council at all. It’s a street design issue – not land use. IMO – this (coming to council) is more or less being done as a “courtesy” to the council – assuaging their need to be micro-managers. the council should NOT be micromanaging stuff like this (street design).

#11 Joan on 06.17.14 at 5:43 pm

Back in the day when I rode the Paratransit buses foru days a week, there were times when I was on the bus that we would have to go to the downtown area to pick up a passenger that was read to go home. I’m almost positive it was on Phillips, and it was next to impossible to find a place for the bus to pull over and pick the person up.

#12 85th stuckee on 06.17.14 at 9:11 pm

Those big long pickup trucks, do they belong to the hoots related to Huether(pronounced Heater) or do they belong to those rare cowboys we don’t see around much in sioux falls anymore. Clear a city block out for parking, its a non item in Shape Places, better yet, kill parking downtown, make them park at the falls, and ride a bike to downtown.

#13 Scott on 06.18.14 at 12:17 pm

I would bet they belong to Huetherites, as real cowboys rarely penetrate further into town than Walmart or Scheels. Phillips at times is a great obstacle course thanks to those 1%’ers.

#14 SF Resident on 06.19.14 at 8:43 am

Just wait until Lloyd’s premiere apt building opens on Phillips to the Falls (you know, the one with rents as high as $2900 a month/$34,800 a year to look out onto Sioux Steel).

There is diagonal parking exactly like the downtown area along the entire front of this apt building.

So, as you travel one of Sioux Falls most important streets you will be dodging vehicles backing in and out of diagonal parking spaces!!

Very visionary of Mike Cooper (Planning), the Planning Commission, and the City Council!!!

#15 Teatime on 06.21.14 at 12:46 am

Scott they also frequent Tractor Supply and Campbell Supply and we are glad they bring their $ to spend here.