"...last spring LGH and F&M convened a neighborhood meeting at Wharton Elementary School where Keith Orris spoke about the construction of the new rail yard, and the connection of West Liberty Street to College Avenue and Harrisburg Pike. A representative of James Street Improvement District, Shelby Nauman, no doubt at the behest of the meeting's organizers, collected people's contact information (email, phone). She said people would be contacted about upcoming public meetings related to the Liberty Street/Harrisburg Pike connection. (I did not give my contact info because I felt LGH & F&M were using JSID as a buffer between themselves and the neighborhood; we are not after all in the JSID).
"Following the November traffic commission meeting where preliminary plans for West Liberty Street/Harrisburg Pike were approved, several neighbors expressed surprise that they had not been notified about the meeting as expected. Of course, the argument can be made that the meeting had been advertised in the legal notices.
"At any rate, it seems like a prime opportunity as the Jan. 8 meeting approaches for a feature story, not only because the street opening is going to bring a flood of vehicle traffic into this neighborhood, but also because several connecting streets that will be impacted are in Manheim Township. At the spring meeting a Lincoln Street resident said he hopes a small park will be built. I just hope if that happens people will even be able to safely cross neighborhood streets to get there. Traffic calming measures are imperative.
"I hope a staff writer may have time in the coming week to cover this important story, speak with the neighbors, and let people know this is happening, and that everyone's input matters."
No response from the guys but would you believe Shelby added me to her email list after I had told her not to? And where did she get my private email address, guys? From my boyfriend, you said? Is that what you said?
Notice the fast cha-cha regarding who has ownership of which piece of West Liberty, distancing LGH and F&M's piece of the pie AS IF "their" piece is in a separate nation from the "city's" piece and the two never talk. Read between the lines: the LGH/F&M piece gets all the best traffic-calming measures money can buy, including a speed bump at the College Row dormitories. But the city's piece ...?
And where does Manheim Township fit into this? Manheim Township is a large part of this neighborhood that is going to be choking with traffic after it's opened to Harrisburg Pike. Who opens the gate to inter-municipal cooperation -- or was that some New Age, 90's fad? Does anyone remember the Gateways Revitalization project?
Additionally, note what the JSID letter omits: the city Traffic Commission will hear citizens' comments regarding West Liberty Street at its meeting this Tuesday, January 8, at 3:30 p.m. I will lose paid work time to be there. AND the city planners will review the project at their next meeting Wednesday, January 16 at 6 p.m.
Let's plan for the good of the greatest number of people, for the long-term. Long-term means great-great-great-great GREAT grandchildren. Preserve, conserve, this walk-able, bike-able, green neighborhood.