#40: Library Place

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Danbury’s Library Place, home to The Mercurial and The Mercurial Collective art gallery, is a lovely little street connecting Main Street and Terrace Place at an angle of about 35°.

 


 

Danbury’s Library Place, home to The Mercurial and The Mercurial Collective art gallery, is a lovely little street connecting Main Street and Terrace Place at an angle of about 35°.  We’ve got a parking garage, impromptu concerts from the Danbury Music Centre when the windows are chanced to be open, freshly lain sidewalks and more than a few interesting neighbors.  

A reputed “eyesore” of a building was recently demolished on Library Place, leading to a widely agreed upon disturbance in the L. Place energies – there was an inordinate amount of raucous, emotional shouting up and down the street once the building finally came down.  The plot, owned by Joe DaSilva, has evolved from leaning, rotting, brick apartment complex to pretty, natal garden in only a few weeks:

 

 

 

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The entrance to Library Place via Terrace Place sometime in early April, 2011.

Library Place became a one-way street for about a month recently.  One day, after attempting to turn onto Library from the west via Terrace Place, I was brusquely turned around and informed that indeed, Library Place had always been a one-way street.  I scratched my head and almost believed it.

However, if Library Place were a one-way (which it no longer is – the “one-way” signs disappeared  as quickly as they came), the double yellow line at the bottom of Library would be null and void, no?  In fact, wouldn’t the newly installed traffic lights at the bottom of Library Place also be useless?  Not only that, but Library would only be accessible via one turn: turning right from a southbound direction on Main Street.  It’s illegal to make a left turn onto Library from the northbound direction on Main – so if anyone were driving north on Main Street, they would have to loop around the entire downtown in order to make a legal right turn onto Library (see Figure 1 below).  But all is well now; Terrace Place is once again open for right-hand turns.

“It really made it difficult to avoid Main Street when you’re driving with a headlight out and no rearview mirror,” said a Library Place resident in an interview.

 

-Amanda Bloom

 

Figure 1.

 


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