|These are not formal designs, just a quick Photoshop effort to help us all visualise some of the ideas that have been proposed. There will be another meeting sometime this fall, hosted by the city’s Transportation Department and Public Consultation Unit. We hope you’ll be able to join us!
In the meantime, I’ve sent a personal letter to city staff asking them to provide us with new options that don’t have a squeezed or ‘pinched’ lane width, to remove new trees from all designs, and to consider ripping out the entire pilot project before the winter.
We’d really like to thank all the people who attended last week’s meeting. It was tense at times, but I’m glad we hosted it and I’m glad that so many people took the time to show up and speak out.
Lastly, I do want to share my personal opinion that if/when this issue does come to a vote in our community, I think that those who live at the intersection deserve to have a louder voice. I’m not sure how we do that practically, perhaps those residents get two votes each, or three. Because while we all use the intersection frequently as a gateway to Regal Heights, only a small handful of people see it out their front window daily. And those are the same people who will be most affected by a new design in terms of garbage collection, sidewalk shoveling, deliveries, parking and potential impact on property values (either positive or negative).
Thanks for your attention, your time, your feedback and your passion for the neighbourhood.