Fellow Evergreen Ave. and Homestead Valley residents: Whether you want it or not, !
As an Evergreen Ave. resident for the last 16 years, I have no problem with improvements being made here and there as time goes on - that's a part of things evolving in time. Funds are put aside for those kinds of improvements needed and dispersed accordingly to community projects through the state and federal levels. I also acknowledge the difficulties for cities and counties to secure those funds for improvements in the public access areas of their communities.
What makes "The Evergreen Avenue Saga" a unique story to keep up with is that there's so much to learn from it, from the secret plans to the desperate connection from the 1970's crooked green patch curb ending at Linden Lane, with a new sidewalk addition extending to Ethel Ave. and adjoining to the sidewalk at sidewalk on Evergreen and Miller avenues. The upper portion of Evergreen would get a new sidewalk extending to on Melrose Ave.
Environmental impact reports and traffic study surveys were considered not applicable for this project because Department of Public Works considered this project as simple sidewalk maintenance to an already existing sidewalk. I got more than 90 signatures on a petition about the original plans not being suitable for our neighborhood and asking for the necessary reports needed to protect the residents from unknown negative impacts.
I took the lead on this because DPW wasn't listening to residents' concerns, the 6-foot-wide design was about to be approved and put up for bid, and there was nothing else effectively being done at that time.
Homeowners continued to ask for input as the Safe Routes to Schools grant kept getting extensions. The and the latest version of the plans were approved June 3, a , and the work started June 11.
I asked for a preconstruction mock-up from DPW and the residents soon realized that the sidewalk (in hopes of making the road a bit wider for less road impacts). The residents’ concerns about the semi-rural aesthetics were supposedly addressed as well, with a choice of color added into the concrete so it's not so gray. Well, it looks about as gray as any other urban sidewalk!
I've recently been speaking to residents about their thoughts on all of this. There's a lot of concern about how high the sidewalk is compared to elevations of the front yards of the properties fronting the sidewalk.
Most agree that there's something very agenda first, community second in this whole "impervious plot."