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Widening West Avenue was a hot topic, 41 years ago

Brad Williams



In September of 1978, the Neighborhood Preservation Association was against making West Avenue 16 feet wider between intersections, and 20 feet wider at signalized crossings. The changes to the north-south road were proposed from King, south to Adams Street. The city council reversed its approval of the widening plan.

La Crosse police were cracking down on prostitution. The city and state had been investigating massage parlor activities at businesses such as Lolita’s Massage on Jay Street, Carol’s Sauna on La Crosse Street, and Ronda’s Rap on Pearl.

For the second time in two months, Catholics were mourning the death of a pope. John Paul I had died suddenly, just weeks after succeeding Pope Paul VI. President Jimmy Carter worked out the Camp David accords aimed at Mideast peace with Menachem Begin of Israel and Anwar Sadat of Egypt, in 1978, yesterday in La Crosse.

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