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Dateline Wausau: No seats, trash cans to block city sidewalks in 1959

5:15 PM, May 8, 2013  |  Comments
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Dateline 1959: No seats, trash cans to block city sidewalks

Wausau's downtown shopping area has come a long way. Today, there's Wausau Center Mall, complete with food court tables and chairs, play area and lounge chairs at either end of the mall. There's The 400 Block with tables, chairs and trash cans in strategic places.

Back in 1959, however, the city council "voted not to install seats or refuse cans on downtown streets as had been suggested," reported the Wausau Daily Record-Herald on May 13 that year.

Members of the Democratic Party had made the suggestion to place seating in the shopping areas "so that shoppers, especially elder citizens, could stop and rest."

But Mayor Ben Schuck said the sidewalks were too narrow to accommodate seating.

The council dropped the plan for trash cans on street corners because the company that had made the proposal would have sold advertising on the containers to cover their costs in placing the cans for free. Building inspector Robert Holup reminded the council it had, at its previous meeting, forbidden advertising signs along the thoroughfares.

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