- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)36
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
There's a new look to downtown Cape Girardeau. The main roadwork for Broadway was completed last month, and most of the new lighting and landscaping are in place.
While the finished product is an improvement, one concern for some is parking. As part of the redesign, parking was eliminated on the north side of Broadway.
To help address this issue, the city established an agreement with Trinity Lutheran Church for a public lot in Broadway's 500 block. This will provide 47 spaces for parking.
Mayor Harry Rediger announced recently the city is also looking into a trolley system -- on wheels, not a track -- for downtown Cape Girardeau.
In his column in Nov. 13's Southeast Missourian, Rediger wrote that his vision is for residents to park one time and use the trolley to move around the downtown area.
"I envision a trolley that has a ‘touristy motif' that could further influence the perception of this area being a tourist destination," Rediger wrote.
A trolley is an interesting proposition. Similar systems have been successful in other communities, and with parking a concern, this is something worth considering.
The Southeast Missourian has a poll question this week asking if you believe a trolley would be widely used. We encourage you to vote and leave a comment at semissourian.com/polls.
If you haven't been downtown recently, we hope you pay a visit soon. The new layout has given the area a nice face-lift, and several businesses have also spruced up their properties. With the city aiming to address parking concerns, things appear to be coming together for the downtown area.