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Portage and Main has been closed to street-level pedestrian traffic for decades.

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Portage and Main has been closed to street-level pedestrian traffic for decades. Photo Store

Jenny Gerbasi is right to spearhead a move to reopen the iconic intersection of Portage and Main (At a crossroads, March 10).

Regrettably, Winnipeg has become one of most pedestrian-unfriendly cities in North America.

Bypass wasting any more money on studies and analysis and remove the unsightly barriers. Who cares if commuters get home 10 minutes later?

The quality of life in this city will improve if automobiles are no longer allowed rule the road, and pedestrians once again matter.

KIM TRETHART

Winnipeg

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If you think traffic is slow now, just wait until pedestrians start crossing at Portage and Main again.

Look at other intersections: From the second the "walk" sign comes on until several seconds after the traffic light turns red, people cross. No one wants to get stopped on the median, so they continue to go.

Stopping pedestrian traffic at Portage and Main wasn't a knee-jerk reaction to a problem, and it shouldn't be reversed by a knee-jerk reaction.

RANDY BARKER

St. Andrews

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 13, 2014 A12

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