Road ideas: Harder to kill than zombies
Garfield Township’s supervisor, Chuck Korn, throws it out there (Record Eagle). “Everything about Hartman-Hammond makes sense except that everyone has bad feelings about it.”
Well, that, and the subsequent reports and findings that say the $20-$30 million price tag is a boondoggle, that traffic patterns don’t support it, and the subsequent sprawl it will induce was rejected. As well, money for the alternative is already in place (RE).
Traverse City’s proposed West Boardman Lake Ave. (MW) is still bubbling under the surface. Apparently, City staff are still driving the Old Town By-pass towards a future implementation complete with shifting rationales. Yet, no added value to the community has been presented, no long-term relief for Cass St. vehicle miles per day has been shown, and no overwhelming support is present (PDF).
What guest contributor and Old Town resident Megan Olds wrote in Let’s Call a Spade a Spade (MW) back in March 2011, a response to a well attended BLA meeting, still stands true:
…I went to the meeting with the impression that scenarios were still being explored and that building the road was not a “given.” This is what the community was told at the last meeting about the proposed Boardman Lake Avenue project in February.
If the City is committed to building the road, then let’s implement a quality public input process to talk about placemaking in this neighborhood. Let’s talk about land use and natural resource protection and recreation and safety and aesthetics, and about the needs of the Avenue’s users and its neighbors. It felt like that’s where the organizers of last night’s meeting might have wanted the dialogue to go, but because the City’s commitment to build the road is not being stated clearly, people were not coming to the table to have that type of conversation.
The conceived vision 40 years ago had merit, subsequent years and changes in adjacent infill potential have altered the context that made BLA a valuable addition. A plan to expanded the grid would be welcome; what is being drawn up is an urban bypass–No thank you.
Visit City website for somewhat current information available on the West Boardman Lake Ave.
UPDATE: The above link also contains a link to the Draft Eighth Street Framework Plan, which among other things, gives a shout out to the BLAh.