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Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:05 am

PROMENADING

For now, at least, Springfield has given up on a grand promenade leading down Capitol Avenue to the hallowed dome where legislators work their magic. The state and feds initially forked over more than $10 million to put fake-brick paving on the street between South 12th and Fifth streets and install some plants and sculptures while eliminating parking to create room for food trucks that haven’t materialized. We recall the city’s thinking back in 2007, when the first state money came: Surely legislators would want to honor themselves by paying for the final segment between Fifth and Second streets – after all, there’d been talk of a fancy promenade leading to the Capitol since the Roaring Twenties. This week, crews finished asphalting the three-block stretch, with the Lincoln statue that welcomes visitors to the Capitol now destined to keep gazing at blacktop instead of fake brick, at least for the time being. “It was in bad shape,” says Nate Bottom, city public works director. “Something needed to be done.” The job is costing the city $350,000, said Bottom, who pegged the cost of completing the promenade at nearly $6 million.

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