Don't Accept Official Assumptions

RECEIVED Fri., March 5, 2010

Dear Editor,
    The story on the study regarding future traffic on Nueces and the bicycle boulevard did not dig into the assumptions made [“Bike Boulevard: City Study Supports Project,” News, March 5]. After stakeholders objected at the first meeting of the "charrette," at the second meeting, the city announced there would be an objective study paid for by the city. The stakeholders requested that at the least, the study should assume build-out of existing zoning and perhaps of potential zoning, since Nueces north of 15th is not in the Capitol View Corridor. Another request was access across MLK from Nueces vs. Rio Grande be compared. I spoke to the director of the study at the third and final meeting, and she told me the city had directed her to assume the overlay, which is not law and has not been adopted, and not to assume full build-out by 2020.
    She was also told that the plan takes care of access across MLK, so don't look at that. Why are we spending taxpayer dollars on studies if we don't want objective answers? Since there was no opportunity for public discussion of these findings the whole expensive charade continues.
David Warner
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