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Nasty, sharp, and punishing speed bumps put up and down the northern hill on Center Street.
Possibly, responding to complaints from residents living on that street, the city installed highly abusive speed bumps, no doubt intended to slow down traffic, but also likely to damage automobile suspensions and tires, especially those new low-profiles.  What are they going to do with those things in the winter?  Drive down the hill, a road covered in six inches of snow, run over a speed bump that cannot be seen, and bounce the front wheels into the air.

What do you suppose would happen next to that car?

Emergency vehicles must also now slow to a crawl, which in turn will slow down emergency assistance.  In San Clemente, California, years ago, private communities put in speed bumps to slow traffic…until the emergency services of the city were denied to them.  What kind of wrong-headed thinking is going on in Lake Geneva?  That same street has no speed sign, ‘drive slow’ signs, and no warning signs alerting drivers of the dramatic speed bumps.  The street department has been busy in other areas, like on Edwards Boulevard in front of Home Depot and Target.  They took the extra lane away and made it into a turn lane only, and then erased some other parts of the two-lane road.  Now traffic will back up even more because the two lanes were free to be used for turning but also when there was nobody turning, allowed for a faster flow of traffic.

The sad part of this story is that the actual biggest problem on Edwards did not get touched or at least not yet. Proceeding straight on Edwards across 50 traveling from Target to Walmart desperately needs the right turn only lane (used by few) to be converted to a “Straight or Right Turn” lane to assist in the back up of traffic attempting to drive through. To prove a point, the new turn lanes on the road going up Catholic Hill added last year, helped nothing yet cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.  When will common sense prevail over the profits being paid to these highway (robbery) companies building these supposed solutions?

 

Some Riviera good news, and some questions at the end.
The redevelopment is about done.  The roof still looks funny, but funny is better than awful or worse (leaking or falling in).  Gage Marine is still there, and for some time on into the future, drawing busloads of people to see and pay for the sites and businesses established around the lake.  Live entertainment is coming back to the Riviera, as Charlene Klein, Lake Geneva’s very progressively conservative mayor is a devoted supporter of that kind of real entertainment.

To support this return to ‘days of old,’ and supporting the celebration about the Riviera opening, on July 15th  at 10:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m., in what’s being called the Open House (where dignitaries, like the Wisconsin governor and U.S. Representatives and more), entertainment will include the Swing Noveau, a big swing band out of Milwaukee, playing on into the night.  Parking is an issue so Lot B will be assigned for the dignitary vehicles.
The next celebration occurs on August 28th called the String of Pearls, and the Glenn Miller Band will play swing music there.  This event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  The New Year’s Party follows the other two celebrations.  The New Year’s Eve gala will start at 7:00 p.m. and go through Midnight.  Swing Noveau will be back to Lake Geneva to usher the New Year in.  Does anything look out of place in these ‘celebrations?’  What is the average age expected to be, of the people in attendance?  Seventy?  Older?  The Big Band era came and went, stressing the word ‘went.’  Who is it that Lake Geneva is trying to attract with these gala event entertainment groups?  Is the redeveloped Riviera construction specially designed to handle the influx of elderly people who may or may not turn up?  There are plenty of musical groups out among all the lake communities that play more modern, and much more popular, genres of musical creations available today.  Lake Geneva is also dedicating one of its cemeteries as a national monument.  That might just fit in as an exclamation point on this whole series of ‘let’s get old together now that the virus is diminishing’ celebrations.

The Riviera is busy, as the first-floor commercial tenants are moving in and getting ready to open. The construction crew worked until the last minute to make sure everything was ready. All six of the commercial spaces are rented. Most of the same wonderful shops will be back with the addition of a Lake Geneva favorite opening a second location in the Riviera (Cheese Box). The shops will be moving in on Wednesday, and as soon as they are ready they can open for business which means the Riviera may be open to the public late in the week. The shops coming back are Going Bananas, Dockside Gifts, The Candy Cove and KC Sweets, the Riviera Beach Shop, Nina’s Popcorn, and The Cheese Box. What a better selection this is for the Riviera underground, which, unfortunately, still looks like an underground.

 

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