trails and more trails
(for the purely political Bob McMullen go to http://www.bobmcmullen.biz
So, in keeping with the current use of blogs to express personal opinions, I have decided to share some of my "public" statements and presentations. By and large these concerns focus on trails, transportation and planning issues here in Cambridge. Perhaps you have had similar experiences in your particular jurisdiction?
The origin of the public involvement can be traced to 1974 when it
was proposed that the road in front of my house be widened to 4 lanes and
connected to a proposed bridge over the Speed River. On the bright side, we
would have been able to sell burgers & fries from our bay window, if Eagle
Street had been widened to remove the lawn. And that is when it all started. At
a public meeting held to explain the project, I recommended mounting an
audio tape player and speakers on a flatbed truck. Then we would drive the truck
up and down Eagle Street playing the recorded sounds of 4 lanes of arterial traffic over
the speakers. And in that way, we would let residents "know" what was planned
for our neighbourhood. However, one of the project planners said that my plan
would violate the noise by-laws.
ITEM #1: Back to the issue of the proposed highway 401 pedestrian bridge, or as one Regional Councillor recently described the proposed structure as a butt-ugly chicken coop. In my humble opinion, we can only afford a cheap and functional design. 'Pretty' may look better, but we cannot afford anything but functional. Now that it is constructed, the expensive "pretty feature" does not work, and is a relative was of money. Of course, the extra $500,000 did not come out her pocket, but rather that of tax payers.