Although the owners of nearby properties might wish for something more attractive on their street, the barrier serves the purpose of warning drivers traveling south on Second Street that the roadway does not continue on the far side of Allen Street.
Yesterday, another barrier--this one temporary--appeared beside the first one. The new barrier blocked access to the stairs leading down to Cross Street and Tanners Lane.
Was the second barrier erected to inconvenience and discourage the volunteers who feed the feral cats at the Animalkind feeding station located a few steps down from the top of the stairs? Happily, this was discovered not to be the case.
Further investigation revealed that the stairs had been cordoned off at the top and the bottom because repairs were being made to some crumbling concrete steps.