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Old 11-17-2013, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Finger Lakes Region, New York
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I would put a highway through the core of Kalamazoo because traffic is horrible and it's a shame that you have to drive through city streets just to get passed downtown. I think a highway would save time.
I'm also in Central New York, and my two cents are that a highway is a bad idea. Usually the development on on side of the highway thieves and the otherside dies.

Syracuse currently has the good fortune of seeing an urban revitalization, but that is limited to the area west of I-81 and south of I-690. Once you get to the highway things get gritty fast.

There's something about highways that create a mental barrier in people's minds that hurt neighborhoods and property values.

If traffic in Kalamazoo is bad, why not invest in public transportation during peek hours? That would get cars off the street, freeing up lanes for everyone else.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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I'm also in Central New York, and my two cents are that a highway is a bad idea. Usually the development on on side of the highway thieves and the otherside dies.

Syracuse currently has the good fortune of seeing an urban revitalization, but that is limited to the area west of I-81 and south of I-690. Once you get to the highway things get gritty fast.

There's something about highways that create a mental barrier in people's minds that hurt neighborhoods and property values.

If traffic in Kalamazoo is bad, why not invest in public transportation during peek hours? That would get cars off the street, freeing up lanes for everyone else.
I agree, as Franklin Square and University Hill may be the exceptions. Luckily, there are some solid to very nice outer city neighborhoods. If more can be invested in public transportation, that would go a long way here and perhaps in Kalamazoo.
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