Saturday, April 27, 2013
I saw the Rose Street plan was OK’d by City Council.
Then, reading through the newspaper article, I discovered the approved plan does not resemble, in the least, what the original plan stipulated.
So, once again, the City Council is operating according to the gospel of the City Council, and the rest of us had better just get on board.
Obviously, this ridiculous reconfiguration from the original four-lane street into three lanes with two bike lanes just boggles the minds of people who regularly use good old common sense in their daily lives, absent the City Council, that operates in its own separate space.
I would like to know who is behind this nonsense, and why? It is troubling that the City Council continues to make decisions that are flawed, unreasonable and specifically not approved by the taxpaying public.
The plan was to repave Rose Street, keep the four lanes and save all the trees.
The arguments do not even have the ring of truth to them anymore, such as chopping trees down because of lack of visibility. Try driving down Rose and let all of us know how the trees are affecting visibility
This is unbelievable, to me, considering Walla Walla is known far and wide as the city with all the trees, specifically old trees.
Also, what about all the homes and businesses dumping traffic onto Rose Street all day long? Three lanes will have a negative impact on their ability to enter traffic on Rose Street.
And any revival of what used to be a mall will be pretty much dead with the way the city wants Rose Street.
Lastly, for the City Council to deliberately vote on its own reconfiguration of the Rose Street project, knowing that two Council members were absent who could have potentially swung the vote to against the reconfiguration, is a blatant misuse of power and is wrong.
The vote should be struck down and no vote should be taken until all the City Council members are present.
Also, the taxpaying citizens’ input and/or endorsement should be sought before any project of this magnitude is started and/or changed.