In regards to the closing of 4th street in Beloit, we don't need this kind of change. We need improvements on an already dysfunctional pickup/drop off situation.
Closing the road is not an improvement, it's a setback. I surely hope they reconsider this on their own. I think people of authority need to focus more on strengthening our foundation and making better use of the current situation. Instead of the focus being on how to improve our appearance to attract more students (families) to an already chaotic system we should focus on how to solve the bullying problems, bridge the economic gap, prepare our students for life afterhigh school, spread awareness and bring about solutions to fix the overwhelming epidemic of drug use in our community.
All of which affect our students on a daily basis and can hinder graduation and continued education. Seems like a better use of millions of dollars to me.
There are plenty of empty buildings in less busy areas that could be used for offices for the school district/welcoming center that would probably cost less and keep 4th Street open. In my opinion opening a welcoming center that closes our main street for traffic to the establishment you want to draw people to seems counterproductive.