^I am equally concerned about these changes to the riverwalk design, and apparently with no community input.
I also heard them say that there will be NO connection from the east side of the Main Street Bridge to the riverwalk simply because the hotel doesn't want too much activity behind their property.
In this case, someone walking (or running as I did yesterday right after the meeting) on that side of the bridge will see the riverwalk and have no perceivable access to it. They would either have to go to Riverplace Blvd and then all the way down to the Strand/Peninsula to cross (which has it's own issues - lack of signage, sidewalk) OR cross back under the expressway, go back up the bridge, and use the sidewalk to Friendship Fountain and then back under the bridge.
And again, these decisions are being made with no community input and because of ONE private property owner.
I understand everyone is anxious to get these projects started, however, these are decisions we will be stuck with for many years to come. If they need another 6 months to get this right, by all means, take it.