|Wise to remove unhealthy trees, folly to destroy the healthy.|
Even if my family’s home didn’t stand smack-dab in the middle of the area that would be affected by this “downgrade,” I would be heartily thanking our city leadership for their resistance to the plan.
I love the grand old trees along 6th (some of them likely a century old) that would be felled by this project. Old trees are irreplaceable, and precious—especially now, when we have lost so many of our city’s trees in recent years to Dutch Elm disease.
I’m glad that traffic from Medary to Main moves as slowly as it does. In fact, I would even welcome a lowering of the speed limit on that stretch to 25mph in order to protect pedestrians, reduce the risk of accidents (especially when turning), and quiet the neighborhood. The idea of widening the street to increase traffic flow through this beautiful residential and historic neighborhood seems unwise, especially when vehicles in a hurry already have the convenient option of a by-pass.
If you agree that 6th Street from Medary to Main should not be widened, I strongly encourage you to join me (and our city government) in expressing your opinion to the state Department of Transportation. Here is the relevant contact information:
Let’s happily hug our community’s trees!