BOB BARNETT, San Clemente
Thank you, Councilmember Gene James, for preventing any more lunacy regarding the North Beach Reconfiguration. I really don’t get our town’s current goal there.
For what seemed like decades, residents leaving town in a north direction had to maneuver these shallow trenches in the road from a previous road reconfiguration of North El Camino Real.
When we finally finished the current reconfiguration, there are now more pedestrian and bicycle lanes than there are traffic lanes. What? Why?
Traffic Calming equals slow(er) traffic—i.e., traffic congestion. Less traffic moving (in-time) in the intended direction and purpose—entering/exiting the city.
I actually notice these types of measures in all new road updates/additions throughout the city. In some neighborhoods, I get it, but North Beach, although residential, really doesn’t have that feel or flow on what is really PCH, as in highway.
We just keep renaming the same ribbon of pavement as it passes through different towns. I would personally prefer a faster reconfigured route in-and-out of the city.
If we want a more pedestrian feel in that area of town, then we should have developed the North Beach Club/Train Station parking lot into the formerly proposed development. What happened?
The new Miramar Theater plans may spur that on again, if it actually ever happens. That would give pedestrians and cyclists an actual reason (destination) to go there and congregate there, instead of just passing by.
We currently have our city’s future priorities turned around. Spend more city money to simply get a road to an acceptable level. Many of the local players/benefactors are even opposed to the plan now?
What and whose point is it actually?
P.S. Here’s another vote to get Fred Swegles onto the Wall of Fame for SC.