I got my Transportation & Public Works committee agenda notice in my email today, as usual a whole four days before the meeting. In other words, too late to change anyone’s mind.
As expected, the committee will vote on the new layout for Nicollet Ave. This is the new new new layout, the third presented to the public. The agenda was the first I’ve seen of it, although I checked the project page and sure enough it’s there, dated 8-16. For the record, August 16th is at least 15 days after the decision was made to remove curb extensions from the design.
Just to recap, the city decided to remove any physical design element for pedestrians, then waited 15 days to notify the public of or even acknowledge the change, conveniently after it was too late to do anything about it. I’m not in favor of Greek or even California-style democracy, where the general public gets to vote on every little detail. But when a decision is made to remove a feature that changes the entire character of the street, I think it’s irresponsible to even let the public know about it.
It appears that the city has pounded another nail into the idea of complete streets, another nail into the validity of their own design guidelines, and another nail into the idea that pedestrians are anything more than a bush or bench, allowed at the side of the road to make it look pretty.
For the record, here is the layout: