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Old 09-14-2010, 02:59 PM
 
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From the PG:

Artistic walkway may get federal funding

They are looking for an earmark in the next federal transportation bill that would provide most of the funding. This would be a cool, pedestrian-friendly project in an area that may ultimately see a lot of pedestrian traffic.





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Old 09-14-2010, 09:15 PM
 
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The design looks cool but why is this in the federal transportation bill? I apologize for injecting politics into the subject but constructing an alternate walkway to get pedestrians and arena visitors from Centre Ave to Fifth Ave does not seem like it should be a national priority.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:05 AM
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Location: Crafton via San Francisco
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The design looks cool but why is this in the federal transportation bill? I apologize for injecting politics into the subject but constructing an alternate walkway to get pedestrians and arena visitors from Centre Ave to Fifth Ave does not seem like it should be a national priority.
Interesting article on how childhood obesity is tied to our transportation policies. Pedestrian walkways are considered transportation. Encouraging people to walk instead of driving is good public policy. Hence the connection.

link to article: The US Initiative (http://www.ofbyandforus.org/post/transportation-is-a-public-health-issue/ - broken link)
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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I was a little disappointed in the part about putting the park over 579 on the back burner.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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Transportation systems are integrated, and walking is an important component of our transportation systems. Plus, overlooking transportation modes like walking and biking is part of why urban areas don't get back their fair share of federal tax dollars in federal transportation spending, and that in turn has helped distort development patterns with all sorts of unfortunate side effects. In that sense, it is important to put federal spending on things like walking and biking in the greater context of creating a more level playing field between the various possible forms of development.

It is indeed unfortunate the deck-park over Crosstown is being pushed back, but that sort of thing is a predictable consequence of the current uncertainty over the fate of the Civic Arena site.
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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This is great. Recently I started walking everywhere -- work, the store, out to eat, etc. -- and it usually adds up to at least five miles per day. Don't know what I'll do when it gets cold, though.
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