OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – For the first time, we’re now hearing about changes that may happen to the area while trying to make one of Omaha’s fastest-growing historic neighborhoods safer. Last month, a young woman broke 22 bones after being struck by an SUV in the Blackstone District.
When Farnam Street in Blackstone switched from a one-way street to a two-way street a few years ago, development took off. Customers flocked to the businesses, from restaurants and bars to ice cream and coffee shops.
Now the neighborhood is trying to figure out how to slow down drivers and how to safely mix pedestrians with the traffic.
“Luckily no one has been hit again. There are close calls every night,” said Chad Shoeman, owner of Blackstone Bar 39.
Chad Shoeman owns several bars in the Blackstone District. Since early June, business owners have been shining a brighter spotlight on the need to slow down traffic.
“It looks like Frogger out there….