The discussion focused on an effort to expand a street called Broadway from 4 to 8 lanes from Euclid to Country Club and is part of a larger effort by the highway department there to aggressively expand roads to handle projected increases in traffic.
An overview of the Sustainable Tucson discussion can be found here and below is a snippet of the overview found on the page that relates to the general purpose of the meeting and the goals:
Neighborhood and City goals should be updated and integrated given the interrelated issues of mobility and urban form. In this age of fiscal and environmental constraints, we have the opportunity (and calling) to redirect limited funds to support live-ability and vibrancy at the neighborhood level while implementing a transportation system that unites and serves the larger city. Additionally, now is the time to address larger embedded issues such as the Urban Heat Island effect (UHI) and Climate Change.
To mitigate temperatures neither current nor future inhabitants of Tucson want to endure and to ensure live-able and vibrant communities we must seek alternatives to current built-environment and mobility practices that solve rather than add to an unsustainable city. The Broadway Boulevard Project discussion is a great place to start.
- Jen Burdick – Broadway Corridor project manager for the TDOT
- Colby Henley – Citizen’s Task Force and local Neighborhood Association member
- Tres English – Sustainable Tucson