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Memory Lane: Last February, TC neighbors made a stir with over 200 comments sent to the city commission in support of making the 2010 8th St. reconstruction a complete project. Many MyWHaT readers shared their comments here, where we published pull quotes from them in two parts.

The community wasn’t able to change the scope of that project and it’s questionable if we changed the attitude in how to approach future projects. Still, even if the impacts were intangible, notice was taken that there is an active, engaged and articulate public that wants to move forward in building the city we need for the next 30 years, not the one we had 30 years ago. We need more of the energy that these comments represent. See you in 2011.

  1. Mike Grant
    December 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

    In terms of the proposed Boardman Lake Avenue, these comments make me wonder how to get folks excited about re-envisioning the 8th Street corridor between Boardman and Woodmere into something other than a car-sacrifice zone.

  2. Dave
    December 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Gary,

    Does your twitter comment (it being a political reason) imply those making decisions fear backlash by making a decision that poetentially doesn’t reflect the desires of the majority and/or othe reasons?

  3. December 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks for asking, Dave. I guess a statement like that will have different applications for different contexts. The crux of what I often see is the assumption that a straight & wide road, built to move cars unimpeded, is somehow “normal” & “neutral” and that by asking for something like narrow lanes or a bike lane is only done by advocates who want something special. Instead, I see it as being anything but neutral. It represents a political choice by decision makers (politicians, planners or engineers) to exclude other needs and to only provide for the dominate voice: the motorist advocate.

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