There might be a reason beyond spite to reopen an alley that was closed off eight years ago at the request of residents. But John Sheridan couldn’t tell you what it is.
“It’s got to be only to spite me,” said Sheridan, who is the president of the Cunningham Neighborhood Association.
The alley running behind Sheridan’s North Center Street home was blocked off at Ingalls Avenue in 2012 to deter thieves and drug dealers. There wasn’t much point to an open-ended alley by then anyway, as the city moved to curbside trash pickup the year before Sheridan’s was blocked off.
But now it’s open again, at the direction of Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, who said he had heard a “handful of complaints” from neighbors. O’Dekirk also told Herald-News senior reporter Bob Okon he considers Sheridan a “friend,” but couldn't let that get in the way of city business.