Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

I walked to work this morning for a number of reasons. I was ready by 6:30, for one thing, and it's the annual St. James Art Fair so my bus route is on a detour, but I also wanted to see what 4th Street looked like this morning.

I'm not a fan of the art fair -- it's crowded, it disrupts residents (and anyone trying to get anywhere just north or south of Old Louisville, like, say, downtown or the university), and it's very highly priced, some might say overpriced.

Last year I walked home on the day they were setting up, so it must have been Wednesday or Thursday. This morning a lot of food vendors were parked along 4th Street and the booths were out, but vendors were still setting up their art and other wares. I considered riding my bike; I think 3rd Street would have been fine this morning, but my route home goes around the park, and I wasn't sure how crowded and hectic it might be. I am not a fan of the unknown, especially when I'm on a bicycle.

The # 4 bus detours between Oak Street and Hill Street and travels 1st Street (southbound) and 2nd Street (northbound) during that stretch instead. I'm not sure why it can't go south on 3rd Street. There was a notice on the website, but the signs at the stops aren't very obvious. They're small, and at the shelters, they're hanging on the shelters behind the benches but not by the schedules. And at Oak Street, I didn't see any indication where the detoured stop at 4th and Oak would be.

Unofficial notice at 4th & Hill northbound

Official TARC notice at 4th & Ormsby southbound
I anticipate a crowded bus this afternoon -- last year or the previous year, there were people who had parked downtown and taken the shuttle, which may or may not have been just the regular TARC bus. And I'm sure as soon as the bus turns off of 4th Street, some passengers will freak out.

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