Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Independence disaster (continued)

The paragraph that stuck out to me in this Observer article about Eastside residents losing patience with what's happening (or not happening) with Independence Boulevard was the one that began:
In the 1980s, the state began widening Independence Boulevard to ease traffic between Matthews and the center city.
Why should Charlotte neighborhoods have to be cleaved in two and forced to deal with the abomination that Independence has become just so people who choose to live far away from downtown can get downtown quicker? Why?

If you want to see what the people who brought us this mess have up their sleeves next, there will be an "informational workshop" in the Activity Center Room at Eastland Mall Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. The end result: East Independence will be a freeway from downtown to Conference Drive. I guess it's too late to tear it up.


Anonymous said...

I'm ambivalent about Independence. While I remember the section of it nearer to downtown being a vital retail corridor two decades ago, the surrounding neighborhoods (particularly those closest to the Plaza and Pecan interchanges) were terrible.

Now, those same neighborhoods have blossomed because cutting off Independence also meant cutting off the riff-raff. But, unfortunately, it cut off the retail from the good people of our neighborhoods. More incentives are needed to lure businesses back (how about a Trader Vic's where the Wal-Mart was supposed to go? That will certainly lure a few folks out into the open).

Heidi Miller said...

Hi. Sorry to leave an off-topic comment, but there's no contact information on this site for the owner.

I'm working on behalf of J-Lab (, the Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation) and the Center for Citizen Media at Harvard University. I'm helping to expand a database of sites from the U.S. and Canada that offer at least some citizen journalism periodically. Based on posts like this one, your site seems to qualify.

Here's our database:

It's part of the Knight Citizen News Network:

We're including some basic information about your site in our database, but we'd really like to include more about what you're doing. We have a short web-based survey for owners or managers of sites that include citizen journalism. I'd like to ask you to please take five minutes or less to fill it out.

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