City’s April 2016 Plan differs from Previous Recommendations and Adoptions
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 around 30, not the 10 to 12 promised earlier.
2. It takes out the front line of the Rincon Heights Neighborhood Historic District: two 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 to transfer bus lines.
7. Extends medians past neighborhood streets, preventing left 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 on May 7, 2015.
••Destroy historic streetscape
••Destroy too many businesses, and thus, the essence of Broadway as a destination
••Are hostile to pedestrian and bicyclist road users
••Have too many bus pullouts, slowing down the busses
••Deny parking and access to existing businesses, thus threaten total acquisition of more properties than currently planned
••Do not support local existing businesses
••Impede access to neighborhoods
••Are automobile-centered, at the expense of a more livable Tucson
••Create remnant parcels that are too small to be used by themselves
••Do not contribute to a sense of place
••Do not adhere to current best practices in road design
••Removes right hand turn lanes from WB and EB Broadway at Country Club creating terrible opportunity for bicycle-car accidents. Using 10-foot lanes would allow a right-hand turn lane without changing overall roadway width.
Broadway Coalition – March 2016