K. Mennem 6:15 p.m., May 21
Mayor Filner accused of caving to "NIMBY" concerns. Stops construction on University Ave
Filner stops transit friendly project years after project was approved.
For years planners at the City have been pushing for a more pedestrian, bike, and transit friendly city. During that time, North Park's busiest thoroughfare, University Avenue, became the number one target to make that happen.
In early 2010, City planners held meetings on the University Avenue Mobility Plan, a proposal to reduce traffic on University Avenue, from Florida Avenue east to Boundary Street, in order to accommodate more bicyclists and pedestrians.
The mobility plan proposed landscaped medians, turn pockets, and dedicating two lanes for transit and cyclists.
Residents were concerned then. They voiced those concerns at a March 2010 meeting (see March 2010 article in the Reader).
Now, two years later, weeks after construction began, those concerns seem to have caused the new Mayor to act. Today, during an afternoon press conference, Mayor Bob Filner called for an end of construction to give more time to find out why residents and business owners were not notified before work began on the street.
And while Filner's decision may have made some local residents happy, not everyone was satisfied
"Newly elected Mayor Bob Filner, in an early test of leadership, quickly caved to complaints after CBS 8 Television broadcast a video of residents complaining about construction at University Avenue and Alabama Street," reads a post on the website, Great Streets San Diego. "The construction is part of an overall plan to remake University Avenue in North Park into a pedestrian friendly, bicycle friendly, transit oriented street.
"What’s next? Will Mayor Filner find his backbone and work to transform San Diego streets into walkable, bike-friend, neighborhood oriented places as he promised during the campaign?"
Here's another article on the 2010 meetings: