The Metropolitan Planning Organizatation held one of their 6 Public Forums last night on North Keystone Avenue. I attended and was quite surprised with the amount of backlash against the rapid transit study by a few citizens that attended. I feel that the backlash was partially tied to the general outrage against recent tax increases, as well as fear for what the transit will do to their neighborhoods. I can appreciate their concerns. It is something to keep in mind when dealing with development. Even though I think transit will have a positive impact on the neighborhoods around it, it will change the area, and of course there will always be people that resist change.
The real shame in all of this is the demise of the interurban and streetcars of the past. Rapid transit will only get more expensive the more we delay in starting the project. Federal funding is also a major issue as we’re competing with other major cities for a limited amount of resources. The city need to show that we deserve funding by increasing our density and improving our bus network. We have a long way to go.