Archive for June, 2014

A Net Zero Future


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Screen shot 2013-09-26 at 12.18.11 AMAfter nearly two decades in economic limbo, the Sunshine Mile should be a lighthouse for new transportation alternatives but as the CFT session get closer to a design conclusion,  it is not clear the final design will be any more than just another 6 lane road project.  The Citizen’s Task Force (CTF) dearly wants to tear open the minds of  RTA leadership, however, as reality set in, it becomes evident that funding has many strings attached to results.  See Chuck Huckelberry’s memorandum of 5/8/14:  Memo.   The ward 6 newsletter tracks this process, now 18 months long.  You can see it in  Excerpts.   You should also view the Broadway Coalition Report  Citizens and surrounding neighborhood leaders has been a large influence in pushing for  balance.   Midtown resident,  JD Garcia offers a guest editorial; Broadway is not a Corridor to Somewhere Else., that is a valuable summary of the corridors history and what would be good for it.

Next citizens task force meeting –  July 17th, 5:30PM,  at the Child & Family Resources, 2800 E. Broadway   For updates on meetings, view the Broadway Boulevard Project Web Page at http://www.tucsonaz.gov/broadway

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Screen shot 2014-06-12 at 1.56.14 PMQuotes from Bob Cook…”From the beginning, the Broadway Coalition and city-appointed Citizens Task Force have questioned the wisdom of rigidly following the 2006 ballot language specifying a 150-foot-wide, eight-lane roadway…The 2006 RTA Plan was based on inflated projections of traffic volumes that have changed very little in the past two decades…The research supporting the 100-foot width is robust. Rapid suburban population growth is no longer the key to future prosperity because of higher resource costs and climate impacts as well as the preference for urban living by the “millennial” generation…”  please view Bob’s full article in Robert Cook: 8-Lane Roadway no Longer Makes Sense. (more…)

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