NMG, über good guy George Grasser, Karen from Congresswomans Slaughter's office and PO officials from every level - local, regional and national gathered at Belmont Shelter to discuss the move which officials would like to see completed in the next 18 months.
A number of participants voiced concerns about the importance of a pedestrian friendly design on Main Street.
Allita Steward from Strategic Planning led the meeting and promised a number of public meetings once a series of sites are choosen. I have full faith in Allita's ability to keep us on track. While we are engaged in this planning process let's keep in mind that what many consider to be among the worst offenders can often be pushed to do the right thing. The first example here is a McDonalds in Corfu and the other in Rothenburg, Germany. It can be done, right!
Let's remember that these people work for us and let's remind them every step of the way that this section of Main Street is unique and that the "one size fits all approach" doesn't work!
I'll be posting all the players e-mail address in the next few days so you can contact everyone with your thoughts and opinions regarding this community based decision. I'll maintain a section of my blog for this project and in general do my best to keep people informed. Please feel free to comment in the place below, share pictures of good urban POs and chime in on site selection issues, too.
Just received this from Masten Councilman, Antoine Thompson...
I did not get the call until yesterday. Were you able to go to the meeting? I would like to relocate them on to
Jeffersonand East Utica. This would bring a tremendous amount of traffic on to Jefferson Avenue.
Writing the City • Woodlawn Row Houses • Tour dé Neglect - 2006