Speak Out: Safety should be considered
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Jan 16, 2014 | 1017 views |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It seems the leaders of Jacksonville have come to a fork in the road. In one direction, we can strengthen our city’s core, develop pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and invest more money into our children. In the other direction we can move our city center, making pedestrian movement through the city unsafe and nearly impossible, and invest in new brick and mortar. While these directions have vastly different outcomes that will affect our growth and development for the next 50 years, there seems to be little local involvement and even less listening by those in charge of making these vital decisions.

There are the obvious geographic benefits to keeping Kitty Stone Elementary School centrally located, and one of the most overlooked aspects is safety. Kitty Stone is accessible by a number of different directions because of the existing streets that surround it, many of them with sidewalks. Also, Kitty Stone does not sit on a main road, which enhances the safety by keeping traffic down around the school at different times of the day. These traffic patterns were pointed out by our local traffic engineers at a recent school board meeting.

Since there is not a great deal of infrastructure improvement needed in the form of sidewalks around the immediate site, that frees up funds to be used for other projects or invested back into our children’s education. The funding aspect is also a heavy factor, especially in light of the slow growth in sales-tax revenue through the first nine months of the fiscal year.

Joseph Munster
Jacksonville
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