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Published August 25 2013

Forum editorial: Marathon changes win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Fargo Marathon Executive Director Mark Knutson and his staff for moving the dates of the state’s premier running event to May 15-17 from May 8-10. The early dates conflicted with North Dakota State University graduation ceremonies, which would mean hotel/motel capacity would have been unable to accommodate visitors in town for both events. Also, real street congestion would be guaranteed if both events were going on at the same time. Spreading out the events over two weeks not only makes it easier for NDSU and marathon organizers to manage both, but also accommodates the thousands of people who will be in town and will need lodging. It’s a win-win. Also, next year, the marathon’s several running events will start and end in downtown Fargo. The heart of the city will host one of the region’s most popular spring events – indeed one of the most successful marathons in the nation. It’s another confirmation of downtown’s viability and visability.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To what looks to be the initial success and acceptance of the two-way conversion on major east-west thoroughfares in downtown Fargo, in place now for about a week. Despite complaining and hand-wringing about conversion from one-ways, the sky has not fallen, downtown has not dried up and blown away and (to our knowledge) no pedestrian has been clipped because of unfamiliarity with a two-way street. Businesses aren’t fleeing downtown. In fact, since the start of the conversion, more new street-level businesses have opened their doors. And despite dire warnings of traffic gridlock from a few, trucks are routinely making deliveries. Which confirms the thinking: Most people are smart enough to know the difference between a one-way street and a two-way, and they adjust accordingly. Of course, some will never get it …

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