What is the story behind the "Parking Lot Mall" plaque in the walkway near The Maine Course? Were there plans for a mall in downtown Quincy that never materialized?
An aluminum casting plaque is mounted on the west wall of The Maine Course, a restaurant at 626 Maine. The restaurant was known as Boekenhoff Bakery in 1961, when the "mall" -- actually, a walkway -- was built to allow people who wanted to shop downtown to park in the city lot on the north side of Jersey between Sixth and Seventh and then walk to Maine Street. According to the Oct. 4, 1960, edition of The Herald-Whig, aldermen voted unanimously to spend $26,500 on a property at 624 Maine, which was once occupied by Bob's Shoe Store. The store was demolished and replaced with walks and landscaped areas.
The plaque indicates the mall is "dedicated to the memory" of four people -- Mayor Edward Schneidman, City Engineer James Potter, 6th Ward Alderman Martin Heinen and Quincy Housing Authority Manager C. Emery Sallstrom. Those four men, in Chicago on business for the city of Quincy, were among the 61 people who died in the 23-story LaSalle Hotel fire on June 5, 1946.
I always pull over, stop and put my flashers on for a funeral procession. If it is a really long procession, should you wait for all vehicles to pass or just the hearse and family car?
State laws say that funeral processions have the right-of-way at intersections when vehicles in such a procession have their headlights and hazard lights lighted, except for a few conditions (yielding to emergency vehicles, for example). The lead vehicle in the funeral procession may be equipped with a flashing amber light. Vehicles in a funeral procession may have funeral pennants or flags or windshield stickers or flashing hazard warning signal flashers to identify the individual vehicles in such a procession.
When it comes to vehicles that are not part of the funeral procession, the state law only says they may not join the funeral procession unless authorized to do so by a traffic officer. There are no statutes or city ordinances regarding proper protocol for pulling over to the curb in honor of the procession.
"While I can't speak to earlier laws, at this point it appears pulling over when meeting or being overtaken by a funeral procession is done out of courtesy and respect," said Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley. "This is a practice I strongly encourage and suggest drivers wait for the entire procession to pass."
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