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July 28, 2013

Jim Bailey: In the beginning, Anderson's streets were paved with bricks

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In addition, several alleys in the area were originally brick-paved, many of the bricks remaining visible even though vegetation has grown up through the cracks.

Considerable comment on Facebook has taken place about the brick streets. City Councilman Russ Willis pointed out that Mayor Kevin Smith recently signed an executive order directing that all street paver bricks be stored at the city street department for use in restoration of brick streets as necessary.

Of course, there are some faux bricks in spots such as the Anderson University campus and some downtown crosswalks, mostly concrete imitations.

The sound of tires on brick streets creates a hum that differs markedly from asphalt or concrete. And with tiny gaps between the bricks, traction and speed are less than on the newer surfaces.

But progress often dims the way things used to be as things like brick streets fade into the bin of history.

 

Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached by e-mail at jameshenrybailey@earthlink.net.

 

 

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