Meet up at Church of Holy Oil Can - Opportunity Corridor alternatives -both days 3 p.m.

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 05:45.
12/14/2013 - 01:00
12/15/2013 - 01:59


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Ohio Department of Transportation has held only one public meeting since 2011.  In response,Clevelanders for Transportation Equality, a grassroots citizen group, is organizing two public meetings this weekend at United Methodist Church at University Circle.

“ODOT only held one meeting and feedback was consistently negative about this project,” says Angie Schmitt of Clevelanders for Transportation Equality.  “Still that agency and our political leaders are marching ahead with this project as if public consensus were not necessary. We are a group of concerned citizens representing east side, west side and suburban communities and we are trying to fight to ensure that this project does not further weaken urban neighborhoods while devoting millions to convenience suburban commuters.”

Citizens are encouraged to join city residents affected by the planned corridor for more information on opportunities to voice their concerns regarding the proposed $331 million, 3 mile-long project.  Even the biggest proponents of the project have a hard time justifying $110 million dollars per mile of road to affected families living below the poverty line – especially for a project designed to alleviate a few minutes of inconvenience from suburban commutes and expedite commercial traffic.

  • CTE's Public Meetings on the "Opportunity Corridor"December 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmUniversity Circle United Methodist Church 1919 E 107th St, Clevel and, OH 44106
  • CTE's Public Meetings on the "Opportunity Corridor"December 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmUniversity Circle United Methodist Church 1919 E 107th St, Clevel and, OH 44106
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Happy City - Enrique Peñalosa says:

  "Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people."[9]

"If you base progress on per capita income, then the developing world will not catch up with rich countries for the next three or four hundred years"[10]

"We need to walk, just as birds need to fly. We need to be around other people. We need beauty. We need contact with nature. And most of all, we need not to be excluded. We need to feel some sort of equality."[11]

"All this (Bogotá's) pedestrian infrastructure shows respect for human dignity. We’re telling people, 'You are important'."[citation needed]

"Every Sunday we close 120 kilometers of roads to motor vehicles for seven hours. A million and a half people of all ages and incomes come out to ride bicycles, jog, and simply gather with others in community."[citation needed]

"A bikeway is a symbol that shows that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important as a citizen on a $30,000 car." [12]

“If we’re going to talk about transport, I would say that the great city is not the one that has highways, but one where a child on a tricycle or bicycle can go safely everywhere.” [13]

“We cannot continue to deceive ourselves thinking that to paint a little line on a road is a bike way. A bicycle way that is not safe for an 8-year old is not a bicycle way."

"One symbol of lack of democracy is to have cars parked on the sidewalk".[14]

"An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars, rather it’s where even the rich use public transportation" [15].