Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic?
The City of Tucson is proposing to:
1) Widen Historic Broadway even though traffic hasn’t increased for 20 years,
2) Demolish 30+ buildings and businesses, and
3) Ignore the community’s plea to design for a vibrant, history and place-preserving, climate-friendly future where local businesses thrive and more people prefer to safely walk, bike, and use public transit.
This plan is a horrible precedent for our future!
We have to stop spending on what we don’t need so we can invest in what we do need!
Dear City of Tucson:
Don’t Waste Taxpayer Money We Don’t Have.
Do Broadway Right Or Not At All!
People of Tucson:
Show up at the Public Open House
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Sabbar Shrine Temple
450 S. Tucson Boulevard
This is the time and place to comment on the 30% alignment drawings. This plan sets in motion Real Estate beginning to buy properties. There may be small changes, but by in large this is it!
There are large differences from the base alignment that the Citizen Task Force (CTF recommended) and the Mayor and Council adopted in May 2015. They are:
1. Many more buildings – historic and businesses will be acquired and demolished. It appears to be at a minimum – 30, not the 10-12 promised earlier.
2. It takes out the front line of the Rincon Heights Neighborhood Historic District – 2 blocks of houses.
3. Other businesses will be acquired – south side block from old Table Talk to end of that row because of no access, same for Solot Plaza.
4. There are double left turn lanes both directions at Euclid – encouraging traffic past Tucson High School and along the periphery of the University
5. There are 11 bus pullouts – these slow down transit, therefore this design does not enhance transit, but makes it worse than now.
6. There are double left turn lanes onto Campbell/Kino making that intersection 9 lanes wide – a nightmare for pedestrians trying to get to Starbucks, Carls Junior, or the Safeway or transfer buses.
7. Extends medians past neighborhood streets preventing left hand turns – examples: Mountain Ave, Fremont, Olson, Smith, Camino Espanol
Therefore we find the 30% drawings are unacceptable because they:
- *do not adhere, even conceptually, to the alignment passed by Mayor & Council on June 9, 2015 and by Citizens Task Force May 7, 2015.
- *destroy historic streetscape
- *destroy too many businesses, and thus, the essence of Broadway as a destination
- *are pedestrian and bicyclist hostile
- *have too many bus pullouts, slowing down the busses
- *deny parking and access to existing businesses, thus threaten total acquisition
- *impede access to neighborhoods
- *are automobile-centered, at the expense of a more livable Tucson
- *do not adhere to current best practices in road design
Comments can be given at the Open House
Comments can be sent via email at www.broadwayboulevard.info/comments.php
Maps can be found at www.broadwayboulevard.info/planning
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Public Hearing at City Council Meeting on 30% alignment set for Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
For an excellent summary of studies which show that widening historic Broadway is unneessary, click here.