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Indianapolis has been a booming metropolis for years now, but the city planners are working with liberal groups to change that.
One of the things that has made Indianapolis such a good place to live, is the ease at which residents have to get around. Good roads, and constantly improving roads the roads we drive on.
Now, if you go into downtown Indianapolis you see what is going on. Especially on Washington street.
In the guise of making things easier to get around, they are taking lanes from the roads, which is where cars drive, and giving the new area to pedestrians and bicyclists. We have more and more cars all the time, and there are few people walking or riding bikes.
And on top of that, a new “light rail” is being planned, even though most of the people here do not want it. And with the people’s sentiment against this, the Indianapolis Star reports that ‘the prices for tickets are going to be low, it is no wonder the people love the idea.’ What????
Listening to the Garrison show on WIBC yesterday gave me most of this information, and I totally concur with what was being said. I drive a big hydraulic assisted box truck and have to go into downtown Indianapolis all the time. I used to enjoy the experience, but now, it is more trouble than it is worth. Traffic congestion and people getting upset that their commute isn’t going a smoothly as it used too.
One lady, who called the Garrison show said that it was a good thing because slower traffic is, as she called it, “traffic calming”. My answer to her is, there is nothing “calming” about being stuck in traffic, when I am used to going in, getting my work done and leaving. I would rather not go there at all.
I stay calm because that is my job, as a professional driver, to take all this into account. But sitting up “high” in my cab I see plenty of people in their cars getting upset and angry because they are realizing they are going to have to start earlier to get to work on time, or, they know they are going to be late now, or they are wondering where they are going to be parking their cars. Calming? Far from it.
The road I am talking about here is old national highway 40. Washington street.
In downtown Indianapolis, it splits to two streets. Maryland which is one way heading east, and Washington, which is one way heading west. In this ‘hubbub’ downtown, Washington has been reduced from a road that moved traffic pretty good at most times, to a road of congestion and time consuming anger because half, if not more of the lanes of travel have been blocked off to put in pedestrian lanes, bike lanes, and of course Bus lanes.
The buses are usually mostly empty and I do not see many bikes down there and the walking people are only walking to get to where they are going after they get out of their cars. What I see is, downtown Indianapolis going from the thriving metropolitan area it is now, to another Detroit. A place where people don’t come anymore because it is too much trouble and you can’t get there in your cars. And if you can….there isn’t any parking for you, and crime has moved in. I do not want to see this for Indianapolis’ downtown, but it is coming.
Parking in downtown Indy was never bad, but it is getting there. Street parking is being done away with, and the only places where you will be able to park in the future seems to be going to parking garages. There isn’t enough space down there to build anymore.
So this is to the ‘city planners’. Why do you mess with something that has worked in the past to change it to something that hasn’t worked anywhere it has been tried?
Leave well enough alone. Stop trying to be progressive in your thinking and stick with what has worked for years. Leave the streets alone downtown, except for improving the movability of the auto. What you are doing now is making it harder to get to our great downtown, and you are creating a new Downtown Detroit. And we all see how that is working. Don’t we? More congestion, less space for the beloved American love of cars, and more time spent to get where you are going. It’s not worth it.
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