THOSE SEMI-CIRCLES ON SEVENTH AVENUE EAST?

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IF YOU THINK THOSE NEW SEMI-CIRCLES PAINTED ONTO THE PAVEMENT ON HENDERSONVILLE'S SEVENTH AVENUE EAST ARE PARKING SPACES, YOU'RE DEAD WONG!

Even though those new semi-circles are located where legal pakring spaces used to be, Hendersonville City Manager John Connet tells WHKP News they are NOT parking spaces.

Connet says this "streetscape" is something new to encourage pedestrians on Seventh Avenue East.  He implies this is an "experiment", to see how it works, and he points out this is not permanent.  Yet.

The sem-circles have been painted onto the asphalt in what used to be parking spaces, mainly between Maple Street at the railroad tracks and Grove Street to the west.  The semi-circles are taking up former spaces for legal on-street parking, and are leaving only a handful of legal parking spaces on the street in front of businesses in those blocks.

Connet says this is an atrempt to make Seventh Avene East more "pedestrian friendly" like Main Street, but at this time, he says the city is not anticipating tearing the street up to make the structural changes that were made on Main Street in the recent downtown "make over".  He points out that at least one of the sem-circles will be used for outdoor dining in the future at Underground Baking. 

Historic Seventh Avenue East was for many years supported and promoted years as it's own "special tax disrict".  That special district was merged with the city's promotion of "downtown Hendersonville" effectibe July 1 this year.   

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

Updated 5pm 10/30/14