Pelican Brewing taking over Culinary Center in Lincoln City – and Crowded Neighborhood Streets are Getting a Closer Look
The Lincoln City Culinary Center will be turning over its facility to Pelican Brewery for three months this summer. After three months Pelican can offer-up more money to continue to run the facility into the Fall, possibly. There is also talk of extending a dock to provide more tourist strolls along the shoreline. We’ll see how it turns out.
The city is also exploring how to improve and expand Taft Park as well as applying more outdoor athletic activities. Outdoor activist David Jamieson is leading the charge telling city officials that the time is right to transform many areas of Lincoln City into a wider variety of outdoor recreation and sports activities. Stay tuned – it’s still in the planning stages which may produce soccer fields, softball fields, LaCrosse, miniature golf and playgrounds – all with adequate parking, we’re told.
The City Council also began paying close attention to neighborhood parking issues. The council indicated that many neighborhoods are choked with high levels of “parked vehicle congestion” reflecting Lincoln City’s rapid population growth. There was a lot of talk of trying to keep those areas “functional,” as in preventing over-crowded streets. Suggestions are being made that residential parking is getting out of hand causing city officials to create “neighborhood parking areas” that still have room for vehicles. But many of those parking lots are more than a short walk to peoples’ homes. Streets that were built 50 years ago, with their narrow widths, makes for a lot of frustrated drivers trying to get to work on time or getting back back in time for dinner.
Old neighborhoods are not very versatile. Narrow streets with parking on both sides makes for white knuckle driving – and frequently dodging neighborhood children. It’s prompted some transportation engineers to suggest that homes with single driveways are quite obsolete, if not dangerous. They say if owners of older homes have only a single strip of concrete leading up to their garages, they should look into adding an adjacent parallel cement driveway to accommodate a second vehicle – even if it has to stay outside. That way commuters will know their cars will be right outside their home at 7:30am – ready to go. And mail truck won’t have to stop so often, stepping out of their vehicles to put mail into mailboxes.
Such is the stuff of a growing metropolitan area which will prompt more convenient ways to get around Lincoln City and other Lincoln County communities.