Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Get involved on transit hub

A word to the Ketchum wise: Wake up and get involved in the discussion about the Mountain Rides/Ketchum transit hub project currently under consideration by the Ketchum City Council. Time is running out for your input.

I am a long-term city resident and have watched the gradual decline of a once vibrant Main Street. Whether by City Council design or negligence, its further demise will be linked to the City Council's decision to enthrone the Giacobbi Square area as our only city center, the future target of all focused city energy.

Thanks to several new thriving enterprises, our Main Street is making a slow recovery after years of the growing presence of banks and real estate offices-at the expense of vitality-building retail businesses.

At this juncture, how will Main Street be affected after the two main bus stops are discontinued in front of Sturtevants and Wells Fargo Bank?

Other locations need to be assessed along with the one proposed. There are several different options. But I would exclude the current choice, East Avenue between Sun Valley Road and 2nd Street, as it is an increasingly busy intersection and business area. Both the south end of East Avenue, and the open space near the post office, as a start, deserve discussion.

Why is there such a rush to impose a decision of this magnitude on an already demoralized public?

Only two persons were present a week ago at the first City Council meeting to hear and discuss this proposal. (One asked questions that "couldn't be answered right now"), and only five locals attended the Mountain Rides board meeting several days later. Nor was there adequate information in the Mountain Express, our main local information source, reporting to the public the extent of the Ketchum Transit Hub plan. We need more discussion.



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