Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
The Broadway Coalition, a tireless group of Tucsonans who has been calling for reasoned expansion of Broadway Blvd., has issued an urgent call to action. If you don’t want to waste money on yet another unnecessary, unaffordable, and destructive road widening project, you need to speak up NOW– before Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (Details below.)
You can also learn more at tonight’s Sustainable Tucson which features the Broadway Coalition’s vision. (Details here and below.)
The proposed Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Plan calls for widening Broadway from downtown to Country Club Road. The original suggestions were based on growth projections from the 1980s. Unfortunately– or fortunately, depending upon your point of view– Tucson didn’t grow East. It grew North. (Background here.)
Tucson’s needs don’t match the old growth projections. Developers and people who will make money knocking down and rebuilding businesses along Broadway or make money on the road construction, want to go blindly forth on yet another unnecessary road widening project. The Grant Road widening will happen in the future; 22nd Street was just expanded and improved; and the Aviation Parkway is also available as a speedy East-West route from downtown.
With these three improved thoroughfares, why do we need a fourth? Why destroy our historic buildings to make way for more chain stores and strip malls? Why destroy thriving local businesses along Broadway to make way for a road project we don’t need? Enough crony capitalism already.
As mentioned above, shit is getting real now. The latest round of public comment ENDS MARCH 11 (Wednesday). Please read the call to action, and act!
From Broadway Coalition…
CALL TO ACTION
After 3 long years we are at the critical point of the Broadway Project. This project affects all of us in our community and sets the direction for transportation decisions for years to come. The proposed alignment would wipe out at least 37 businesses and homes, including most of the structures on the north side of Broadway between Campbell and Park! This threatens the Rincon Heights Historic District. We can significantly and creatively improve Broadway without this kind of destructive widening, wasting tens of millions of dollars, decreasing support for transit and other forms of travel. An entire small business sector will be affected.We, that is, YOU, can make a valuable difference now. It will take you about 1 minute. There is a public comment period open now, but it will close March 11th. Doing just one (or maybe all) of the following is critical.
By March 11th Email firstname.lastname@example.org and leave a message for the Citizens Task Force and the Project Team.
While using your own words is always better, you can send a simple message like:
Mayor and Council have all voiced their support for a good, narrow design. With your voice they may vote that way as well.
From Sustainable Tucson…
Monday, March 9, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone (free-lower level parking off Alameda St.)
Please ACT NOW! If you can’t come to tonight’s meeting, please send Tucson Mayor and Council the message that we don’t want to destroy buildings and businesses to excessively widen Historic Broadway. City staff and consultants DID NOT LISTEN to the community’s overwhelming opposition to unnecessary road widening. Call City Clerk’s Office: 791-4213.
Email the City manager: email@example.com.
But DO SEND YOUR EMAIL COMMENTS about this BAD PLAN to:
firstname.lastname@example.org by MIDNIGHT MARCH 11.
“Broadway Corridor Plan Aims to Demolish 37 Tucson Buildings” reads the Arizona Daily Star lead headline from Feb. 24th. City of Tucson staff and consultants are proposing an alignment of the 2-mile project that contains unjustified widths and unnecessarily destroys historic buildings and businesses. Also troubling, this staff plan varies from what elected city leaders have voiced is their preference — the most narrow solution for six lanes which meets the safety concerns for all modes of mobility.
Clearly, an irreversible Tucson Tragedy is in the making if we don’t act soon.
Come hear members of the Broadway Coalition describe their vision for the Historic Broadway Redesign Project including improvements for bicyclists, pedestrians, autos, and transit riders and creating vibrant places where people want to go to meet, shop, and enjoy life. Hear the Coalition rally the community to communicate to the City of Tucson that very little widening if any is necessary to make Historic Broadway the next great destination of historic significance and thriving small businesses.
The Coalition has already convinced the City, County, and RTA that 8 lanes is excessive. Now we just need to show that the narrowest width alignment is best for all.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6 pm.
We hope to see you all there.
–Sustainable Tucson & Broadway Coalition