On a recent visit to Willard Place, I noticed that the street, as it circles around at the end of this historic neighborhood, had been widened, encroaching on the green area that is the centerpiece of Willard Park. It seems odd that the City should take such action when the question of whether Willard Park is parkland or "excess city land" has yet to be decided in court.
A Willard Place resident explained that over the summer workers rehabbing the interior of one of the "Greek Revival" houses introduced onto Willard Place in recent years had parked their vehicles on the grass in the circle, leaving it a rutted mess. The solution seems to have been simply to pave over the damaged area. This action brings to mind a suggestion made by former Second Ward Alderman Quintin Cross back in 2004 when the question of parking for the new houses was being discussed. Cross's idea: Pave the circle and make it a parking lot.