Can’t Have It Both Ways

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Last night City Council spent a long, long time debating whether to spend money on the one way to two way street conversions downtown or to improve sidewalks and roads in the  newer urbanized areas on the south Mountain and suburbs.

At first blush, it may seem like this is a parochial issue, but in reality, both sides have some legitimate concerns.

It was odd that some Councilors talked about ‘ accelerating’ the two way conversions since the project is probably about 10 years behind schedule.

And some of the roads and sidewalks on the south Mountain haven’t been updated since I went to high school there in the 60′s.

So, where do we spend the money ?

The proper answer is, both projects.

The problem is that Councilors who want to get re-elected, and that’s all of them, are married to the mantra of  lowering taxes and that’s because we demand it.

But that means that a lot of necessary work isn’t getting done and the cost of those projects is only going to increase  as they get delayed.

This isn’t rocket science, it’s simple arithmetic.

If you want better roads, or liveable streets or LRT for that matter, you’d better be willing to pay extra for it.

If not, then accept that we’re only going to get  a no frills City where a lot of stuff just doesn’t get done.

We need to realistic; you can’t have it both ways.


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  1. I’m all for fixing up the roads & sidewalks for the Mountain Folk. And I’m against these frigging two-way conversions. They’ve created gridlock and major bicycling/jaywalking infractions that did not exist before. Cars that are moving, burn fuel more efficiently…idling cars do not. And if Safety is the issue – then don’t you think it’s safer to look one way while crossing a street instead of two ways ? Of course, if people would simply take the time to cross at an intersection or crosswalk – nobody would be in danger.