|The Euclid Corridor Project: Our Readers Speak Out
by Tom Reed
WMV Web News Cleveland
Story filed June 27, 2002
We invited your comments on the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project (see The Euclid Corridor Project: Reality Check) and you were not shy about responding.
The $220 million plan to rebuild Euclid Avenue with dedicated lanes for new-generation buses got a thumbs up, with some qualifications, from most people who responded. But one west suburban resident calls it a multi-million dollar boondoggle:
“The Corridor project is a bunch of recently arrived East side snobs who think that they know what's right for the rest of us: spending millions to reduce a 6 lane street to a 2 lane parkway with two dedicated bus lanes will not solve the problem of boarded up store fronts.”
A student at Case Western Reserve University likes the project, but disagrees with the idea that the proposed 12-foot landscaped median be shrunk to four feet, without landscaping:
“The median is a great opportunity for the city to capitalize on its brand name being the ‘Emerald City’ ‘The New American City’ and to show the world that Cleveland cares for aesthetics. A median would make the street special and offset the street from others, such as Chester and Carnegie; also, it would be a huge benefit if this street were consistent in design from downtown to University Circle. The consistency and the median itself would make the street a corridor, a passageway, not just another concrete mile like any other street.”
Another writer took note of the fact that much of the funding of the project would come from the federal government:
“The Euclid Corridor Transportation Project offers a unique opportunity for the federal government to contribute significant money to Cleveland. The only thing we have to do is support each other and send a common signal to Washington. Other big cities know how to do this and gain the benefit of federal funding. Mayor Campbell and the GCRTA are working toward that goal now and the city of Cleveland is set to be the winner.”
An engineering consultant, who has been in contact with the RTA and other parties involved with the project, says the ECTP has had its ups and downs, but adds:
“This project has so much positive support from the public and businesses, and has come so far, it would be a shame not to see it head into construction. Compared to many other major projects I’ve watched, this one is in very, very good shape. I fully expect it to stay on schedule and satisfy everyone in the end.”
Thanks to all who responded. As the project moves forward we invite you to sound off. You may send e-mail to email@example.com. For more background on the project browse through past segments of Reed’s Read.
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