Closing street would help more than hurt
Editor, the Advocate:
In reading about the closure of De Leon Street. Everyone has failed to recognize the benefit of the street closure to the city. It is the property for the right-hand turn lane at Main Street. The one-block De Leon closure will affect one neighborhood that now has access by 14 streets entering from Red River, Navarro, Hiller and Liberty Streets. The De Leon closure will reduce the entrances to 13. In exchange, the Red River turn lane on to Main Street will benefit the entire city of Victoria.
A city councilman was quoted recently that this neighborhood was part of the original township. I always thought the original township was defined by North, East, South and West Streets. The College Park neighborhood was established around the 1940s.
Very little was said when DeTar Hospital purchased streets for their expansion. The expansion of DeTar proved to be a wise move in light of the growing population and the need for more health care services. Change and growth are important to the city. St. Joseph High School has always looked to the future of Victoria by providing high-quality education for our area children. Allowing St. Joseph High School to purchase the street will benefit the entire city and St. Joseph High School.
Bob Alvarez, Victoria