Jamie, 9/ 2/2010 - 1:14pm ""The plan also calls for the creation of traffic-calming measures through the corridor, a move intended to make it safer for motorists...."
The word conspicuous by its absence from Mike's otherwise accurate article is 'pedestrian'.
While the traffic calming will indeed make Peoria safer for motorists, the primary objective is to make it safe for pedestrians. Pedestrians are considerably more vulnerable than someone insulated by two tons of steel. Too much emphasis is placed on the well-being of people who happen to be sitting behind a wheel. Of much greater importance to the social and economic future of the Pearl District - or any neighborhood - is the pedestrian's experience of the public realm, including children, people in wheelchairs, the elderly and people who choose not to - or can't afford to - drive. Taken together this accounts for 30% of the population, and the proportion is growing.
The first step in making a neighborhood livable is to create a dignified, safe, enjoyable, attractive public realm for the pedestrian. It is key to economic revitalization too: a successful 'public realm' (for the pedestrian) is essential. Pedestrians spend money. People sitting in cars don't."
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