Crosstalk: The Division St. slowdown…potentially…maybe
UpNorthMedia Center’s series Crosstalk (UNM)this week is airing a discussion between Mayor Mike Estes and attorney Grant Parsons concerning the City Proposal to dispose of parkland along Division St. They don’t allow embedding, so if you’re interested click over and watch the 30 minute discussion.
I don’t have the time this morning to dig into the entire discussion. Both individuals raise some valid points, some points worth exploring, as well as a few points of dubious nature. It’s a friendly discussion, sparingly moderated.
One fundamental difference between the two men has little to do with the stroad of Division. Both of them recognize it as an under serving corridor to the community, although they do disagree about the role the City could play to actually control ever-increasing amount of cars on it. A lot of the discussion explores what the ballot measure actually achieves.
Parsons contends that as much as this ballot proposal was written to distance the City from a commitment to disposal of parkland, by the insertion of the condition that a future City Commission must approve the final plan, the language reads as “disposing” of parkland and thus requires 3/5ths vote, according to City charter. If it isn’t actually “disposing” of parkland, then what does it achieve? Is it an empty gesture by voters to, as he said, “show MDOT some love?” For him, there are too many unknowns to support the measure.
In response, the Mayor reiterates again and again that it is a future City Commission that will make the final decision and that this is the only opportunity we have improving the corridor. In order to get to that future point, he is asking voters to engage with MDOT and allow them the widened right of way to facilitate a planning and design process.
I’m withholding further commentary for the time being. However, I’m really interested in where MyWHaT readers are on the issue.
After last week’s League of Women’s Voters forum and further time to consider and discuss the issue in the community, do you have any major breakthroughs to share? Minor quibbles to unleash? Profound insights to take the discussion higher?
If so, please share.
Public Records Concerning Division St.
- Approved Ballot Language for Nov. 2012 (Scbd)
- July 23rd Study Session Packet (Scribd)
- City to seek parkland along Division St. (Ticker)
- April 23, 2012 Commission Study Session (Resolution)
- 2010 Division St. Intiative Summary (Full screen)
- Division St. Presentation from April 26, 2010
- Traffic Modeling Results: 2010 Modern Roundabout Study (City Website)
- Division Street: Boulevard (Graphic)
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