So all of that planning and the millions of dollars dumped into the 1971 plan had two concrete results. It completely killed the retail it was created to protect, and it completely disconnected Springfield from Downtown.

This latter fact is something that needs to be corrected. There is no need for either the double loop system or the one way street grid anymore. There is no benefit in physically separating Springfield from the Downtown, if indeed there ever was. For these two neighborhoods to be restored to their historic vitality, they need to be reunited and the relationship of a large residential neighborhood to a large commercial district needs to be restored.

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