Peoria City Council: one decision I agree with (sort of)

Yes, the City Council agreed to sell a developer some of our green space (at a bargain basement price) for development of “high end” apartments.

It went something like this: “oh wow, this looked like a lovely spot.”
“Hey, this is the public’s land”
“Hey I am rich”
“Ok, we’ll sell you the spot”.

Yes, the majority of my local friends were against this sale, as was I.

But, there was a wealthy person to cater to. And despite letters to the editor, organized protests, and people showing up at the meeting, the Council understood that the large majority of Peorians do not regularly use this park or trail; if they’ve even been to it at all it was perhaps one or two times.

The majority of people in this town care not at all. Seriously: the place is mostly used by sand volleyball players, walkers, runners and cyclists.

The average middle aged Peorian smokes and resembles Jabba The Hutt. Do you think that the tiny fraction of old hippies and fitness buffs really outweigh big money?

On a related note, a bicyclist wrote this letter in response to a “cyclists are just like ISIS” letter:

Re. Sept. 8 Forum letter by Dave Hughes, “Bicyclists the ‘ISIS of rural roads”:
Almost every day I ride my bike for exercise or to do errands. I have seen more traffic violations than you can imagine. Like the driver lighting up a cigarette with a dog in her lap (your dog will be smashed when the airbag goes off in an accident). Or the Mom texting with two kids in car seats on the way to school. Or drivers still using old-school cell phones up to their ears., Or turning right on red without stopping while pedestrians/bikers having the crossing sign. Or unwrapping fast food and eating in the car.
Some of us are trying to stop the stereotype of Americans being overweight and lazy. I love to take advantage of the few days of summer in which we can exercise outside. I admit that I have to illegally ride on some sidewalks to avoid all of the distracted drivers.

Yes, I do use local bike paths, but they don’t connect to every area. There are many cities — such as Austin, Texas — that are way more biker-friendly than central Illinois.
So if anyone thinks people trying to enjoy the few months we have of nice weather and trying to avoid the health problems associated with being sedentary and obese are ISIS, they need to move to a country that really is affected by ISIS. We are far from that!

Yep. She nails it. Heck, think about what our city does with the sidewalks during winter: they see them as a place to put snow.

But back to my original point: in my opinion, our City Council accurately reflects their constituents.


September 24, 2015 - Posted by | Peoria, Peoria/local |

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