In the photo, left, the trolley -- and the street in front of the Amtrak Station -- were blocked for about five minutes by the driver of the white SUV who for some reason was just not motivated to move out of the way.
The train station needs a parking garage AND more frequent bus connections.
From the Gateways Plan:
"Vision: The community envisions a future of the Gateways Area that ... offers a range of transportation choices, including an efficient network of sidewalks, trails and paths ...
"... Strategies to be undertaken by cooperating private and public entities in achieving the vision for the area ... [include:] Establish a pedestrian-oriented character within the Gateways Area."
LGH, a healthy neighborhood is about peds, not meds.
"Participants said ... it is important that new development not create nuisances related to traffic, noise, odors, or vibrations...
"Some stated that they would like to see an increase in owner-occupied houses which are more likely to be maintained.
"The Gateways Area needs safe and convenient pedestrian and bicycle facilities within the area. P[eople]... cited a lack of safe pedestrian crossings and the need for sidewalks or paths in non residential areas, and more pedestrian connections throughout the area. They also expressed the need for more street trees, traffic calming and other streetscape approaches to improve safety and enhance the pedestrian experience. They also called for both pedestrian and bicycle connections to shopping, recreational and employment opportunities beyond the Gateways Area ... truck traffic should not be encouraged to travel through neighborhoods.
"Participants identified a lack of green infrastructure, including trees, paths, gardens and parks... They also identified the need to create more green space by extending linear parks and greenways, establishing pocket parks and dog parks, and providing a trail and sidewalk network that links important areas."
The development of the Liberty Street corridor is an opportunity to rise to the challenge of the Gateway Plan's vision. Young men play basketball in the street in this neighborhood. People walk here; children ride bikes. Despite its industrial past, this is a safe, healthy, walkable neighborhood. Let's keep it that way.
Gateways Revitalization Plan / Lancaster City & Manheim Township / Lancaster County, Pennsylvania