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6 San Diego Uptown News | June 10–23, 2011


OPINION


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PUBLISHER David Mannis


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dmannis@sduptownnews.com EDITOR


Celene Adams


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ASSISTANT EDITOR Rick Braatz


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REPORTERS & COLUMNISTS Charlene Baldridge Joel Berlin


Jeff Britton Elena Buckley


Patricia Morris Buckley Dani Dodge Lauren Duffy Michael Good Erin Goss “Dr. Ink”


Letter to the Editor Opposition to Mid-City Rapid Bus Transit


Dear Editor, and Reporter Margie M. Palmer;


Can Hillcrest’s soul be bought with 16 parking spaces? Evidently not, as shown by the Hillcrest Town Council vote on May 10th. The HTC joined nearly every other community organization in the area


Beatrice Kemp Brook Larios Scott Marks David Nelson


including Uptown Planners, Hill- crest B.I.D., North Park Planning Group, and University Heights Community Association in oppos- ing the Mid-City Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Opposition to the project’s design is not just about parking. A Street is much more than a place to store cars. A Street is a place where people live, work, play, and move. It includes vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, trees, sidewalks, and the buildings which define its shape and form SANDAG’s design strips Park Boulevard of all these qualities. It strips the street of land-


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scaping, makes no accommodation for bicycle lanes, treats pedestrians as an afterthought, and closes Polk Ave to through traffic. There is no question. Park Boulevard CAN and SHOULD be a vital, livable, beauti- fully landscaped, urban street, with great Public Transportation. I can only believe that Councilmember Gloria (and Uptown News) shares our vision of a great Park Blvd. The question is; will Mr. Gloria support a redesign of the project along Park Blvd, and will he work with SANDAG to achieve a great street. I certainly hope that in the future


Uptown News will be more com- plete and inclusive in its reporting on the BRT, especially in how it affects the streets and neighbor- hoods of its Readers. I am the person who presented these issues and ideas to the Hillcrest Town Council and urged the HTC to join other community groups in their opposition. I’m glad they did. I am also a resident of Park Blvd.


Walter Chambers SAN DIEGO/UPTOWN Street fighters Fighting for Lively, Vital, Urban, Complete Streets


Cynthia Robertson Dave Schwab Glenda Winders John Philip Wyllie


PHOTOGRAPHERS Paul Body


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