Posted on | June 22, 2012 | 6 Comments
It was just Wednesday when we posted our tip about the Bagby Street reconstruction… and it quickly snowballed into something the mainstream media eventually picked up. We wanted to thank all you InnerLoopeder’s for your energy, but it’s still not over. Public Works is still pushing for three lanes, Midtown is fighting it, and judging from most of your comments… you’re ready to fight for pedestrians as well.
While we are pleased to see this story make it all the way to KHOU 11 News, we wanted to clarify a couple points their report got completely wrong (what a surprise).
1. Midtown wants two lanes of traffic… it’s Public Works wanting three.
2. As our reader Dan Barnum points out: Midtown Redevelopment/TIRZ and Midtown Management District both tell me that they are fighting this and that it goes against plans approved months ago. Years ago when Midtown Redevelopment was just getting started, we worked with TxDOT to stop this kind of express street on both Bagby and Brazos. The extra capacity is not needed now nor will it be in the future.
I know a lot of you are upset about the three lanes. Our suggestion is to keep raising your voices to the City. Our Mayor and Council respond when the public speaks, you just have to speak loudly. Let them know you want two lanes of traffic, Midtown’s approved ORIGINAL plans, and that you support a pedestrian oriented (not car focused) Midtown.