Bartley Kives (Winnipeg's soul got buried, Aug. 14) and others of his age group really need to learn the meaning of "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Portage and Main pedestrians were rerouted underground because it was the most dangerous intersection in the city. It was also nearly impassable due to the sheer volume of pedestrian traffic and was likely one of the contributing factors to the deterioration of the downtown area.
Along with a lack of free and accessible parking and general safety, that corner was simply a nightmare of pedestrians running the walk lights and getting struck by angry or neglectful motorists weary of never being able to get through the intersection.
Restoring it will only return it to the mess that it was.