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Looking Back

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Excerpt from the Thursday, May 18, 1950 Paso Robles Journal

Corner Unloading Declared Unsafe Congestion Makes Turning of Equipment at Busy Corner a Menace to Life Say Volunteers; Mayor Gates Orders Investigation by Special Committee

Use of the corner of Spring and 13th streets as parking place for loading and unloading Greyhound buses was protested to the city council Monday night by the fire department as a dangerous practice and a menace to fire trucks who were, on a majority of calls, forced to make a fast turn on that busy corner.

“The understanding with the company was that only one bus would be there at a time to avoid congestion on state highways, and evidence has been shown that two and sometimes three have been using the parking space on Spring street,” said John Gerst, police commissioner. “The police had been instructed to paint a “bus parking only” sign on the curb to accommodate only one bus,” he added. He also added that this order would be help up and notified the police that, if more than one parked the others would be given a traffic violation ticket.

The experiment is not working out, said one member of the council, and an effort should be made to fine a site off highway 101.

Mayor Russell Gates named a committee of Councilmen, Thurlby, Ottoson and Gerst to investigate and report at the next meeting.

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