One traffic complaint in Norwalk is the lack of long-range planning when the town was laid out and then expanded, to ensure some east-west and north-south connectors to better move traffic. In some large cities these connectors have limited access in order to keep traffic moving.
In the middle of the 19th century a road opening which would have ensured a good connector in one area was started, but was never made permanent. It starts out this way: Prior to about 1830, the main road into Norwalk village from the south was via a road from Norwood Avenue at the end of Christie Avenue, then northwest and meeting up with what is now South Pleasant and up the hill to West Main. Benedict Avenue as we know it was called the Wooster Road, and did not cross the flats at that time due to the wet, muddy conditions in the flats.
John Whyler believed that the business section of Norwalk would grow up at Pleasant and West Main due to the traffic from the south, so in 1826 he built the house at 108 W. Main as his general store and family residence. I've read that only the two-story part was built in 1826 and the wing later, while other good sources say the entire house was built at one time. Whatever the case, they Whyler Store was in the front room of the two-story section, and as late as 1833 American Indians from near Tiffin and Upper Sandusky came there to trade with Whyler, as they trusted him in business matters.
By 1835 the Wooster Road crossed the flats, so Mr. Whyler gave up on his idea, traded the building for a residence down the street, and opened a store to what is now the business district. This ended the idea of a commercial district at West Main and Pleasant.