Friday, June 27th, 2014
We are told that our voice is heard. I go to community and government meetings when I can. I learn about the most current issues, find out about the events and meet others in the area or with similar interests. I go because I hope that my voice is heard because for every person that goes to meetings and comments, there are hundreds ... probably thousands ... of people that do not show.
This week I attended the Westlake Stakeholders Group in Seattle. I have a vested interest in the changes ahead as the Seattle Dept of Transportation creates a plan to redo the Westlake parking and walkway to accommodate more bicyclists and pedestrians in a better designed path. This will eliminate a good portion of the parking affecting the businesses, those that live aboard boats or floating homes, and boaters. With all the comments and emails tabulated, the Dept of Transportation said that safety is the number one concern from the stakeholders. I find that interesting because thousands of people are affected. They may have written about the parking concerns, ingress and egress, commuters parking, and even the cyclists and pedestrians commented ... etc.. and added the safety issue. ...
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