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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The River Common

I attempted to walk the new River Common in Wilkes-Barre last week.

My tour began below, on the Wilkes University end, at South River and West South Street. The Luzerne County Courthouse is straight ahead.

It's hard to believe such a quiet and serene river was more than forty feet high, around this time, in 1972. On a recent morning, it was just a little water and a lot of flowers.

Here comes quibble number one. This is the view from the bridge over the portal, looking toward Northampton Street. Crossing South River Street can be an adventure. Steps have to be taken, pardon the pun, to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

This is the amphitheater area near Northampton Street. The Market Street Bridge is at the top of the photo.

Quibble number two: These lights are supposed to resemble sails. They don't work for me.

I do like how you have the ability to dip under the Market Street Bridge, saving people from having to dodge traffic on top. This is the view, peeking out from under the bridge, looking north, toward the courthouse.

This is the flood protection. Pocket doors/flood gates are hidden within these walls. They'll be pulled out and locked in when the river gets high.

Unfortunately, my tour was cut short. They were working on the section between the Market Street Bridge and the Luzerne County Courthouse. Next time.

Overall, this is a very good thing. do yourself a favor. If you're in the city, drop by and take a walk.