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Re: “Don't Mind the Gaps

I see you've corrected the map online; Noth is up, and Sunriver, not Redmond, is south of Bend.

As to the gap between Drake Park and Newport Ave bridge, that results more from the bridge replacement than private land holdings. The original plan anticipated pedestrian passage beneath. As usual, pedestrian concerns were jettisoned in the planning process because of "budget concerns." Without the pedestrian under crossing there is no incentive to negotiate continuation of the path along the river to Newport Ave. that potential pedestrian way is now useful as a hobo jungle.

It's the same process that deleted pedestrian crossings over the Parkway (with predictable disastrous consequences); omitted sidewalks in the Arizona Ave. extension to the Parkway; and probably why you can't ride a bike to Trader Joes, without taking it on a freeway.

A few people voiced concern when the design criteria changed - precisely because the river trail could not be completed and continuous. The explanations are always patronizing, like grown ups explaining to children how there just isn't enough money to satisfy childish concerns.

Thanks anyway to Parks and Rec for dealing with the river trail underpass on Colorado, which easily could have gone the same way.

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Posted by JP on 09/05/2015 at 9:09 AM

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