Around Town: Courts had to rule on street paving in Danville

February 15, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

Controversy is always with city government.

The paved streets we drive on today weren't a given at the start of the 20th century. In 1914, the City Council got the paver rolling by ordering paved streets be built on Maple Avenue and Main Street from Second Street to the train depot. This was to be done at the expense of the property owners. The city expected other property owners to ask that their streets be paved.

Then the council had to decide what type of street. Three were proposed a few months later: brick, wood block or bitualithic asphalt. Wood blocks were slick, especially in winter, causing horses and people to fall. Brick made too much noise and asphalt did not wear well.

Whether it was the same project or not is not clear, but in 1917 some residents filed a lawsuit to stop street construction. The courts ruled in the city's favor, letting construction continue.


The newspaper editorialized: "Danville has a great future. Public improvements are needed. There has been the greatest progress in everything except the streets - they are the same as they were a hundred years ago when people went to the spring and rode horseback and cut their grain with a hand scythe... ."

The work to pave all Danville's streets started in 1920. A lawsuit again delayed the start. That contract also called for sewers. Property owners were required to pay the cost.

Heritage Festival makes Top Ten

The Heritage Festival, in its 11th year, has been named one of the state's Top Ten spring events by the Kentucky Tourism Council. This year's event is March 5-7 at Danville High School.

Pet Peeve

One reader is peeved at "the disgusting HOLE" at the bypass and U.S. 127 intersection.

She said it is filled with "trees, bushes, trash, water and who knows what else." It's about time the property owner cleaned out the mess, she said. "Whoever owns that property should be ashamed of themselves."

Random Act of Kindness

Kudos to the Centre College students for their recent acts of kindness - that really must have brought smiles to a lot of people's faces.

Contact Me

To share your pet peeves or random acts of kindness, write me at The Advocate-Messenger, P.O. Box 149, Danville 40423; e-mail to; or call 236-4667 or (800)428-0409.

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