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Let's Talk About New Ideas for Schwenk Drive

2 months ago

What do you think would improve traffic flow and safety for all users, whether they're on foot, riding a bike or in a vehicle? 

For example: 

  • Does it make sense to remove the existing landscaped median to make room for a shared-use path? 
  • Would you like to see more turn lanes to accommodate vehicles entering businesses along the route? 
  • Should additional on-street parking be added?

Please offer your thoughts and suggestions about these and any other topics here.

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  • Stephanie N. about 2 months ago
    For God's sake, please try to avoid ripping out all the trees! Pine Grove and Greenkill avenues look like war zones, and will for at least 50 years now. I hope you all take into consideration the fact that it takes 50-100 years for a tree to grow into maturity. During that time, the neighborhood is bare, ugly, and hot. Wall and North Front streets are a perfect example. Those blocks used to be shady and inviting (look back at old pictures!); Now they are denuded and empty looking. Please please PLEASE stop cutting down trees!!!!
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    • Admin Commented Ruth Ann about 2 months ago
      Thank you, Stephanie. There are no plans to remove trees. Previously, another community member suggested considering the median as an area for a shared-used path or bicycle lane, which would require tree removal. It's by no means a firm direction for this project, but we owe it to those who think it's a good idea to let others provide input about the suggestion.
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      • Tanya Garment about 2 months ago
        I disagree that a single person suggesting a specific treatment should result in the posting of the question "Does it make sense to remove the existing landscaped median to make room for a shared-use path? ". Why promote this idea? We need to start hiring engineers that can craft better questions; learn what people need there, and suggest good solutions based on the needs.
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        • Admin Commented Ruth Ann about 1 month ago
          The City and our engineering consultants are doing exactly that. This forum is just one way in which we're working to raise awareness about all of the possibilities and to learn what the community wants; some suggestions may not be good or feasible, but having an exchange about all ideas will help everyone understand why something might not work.
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  • Citizen Brad Will about 2 months ago
    The median is an amenity that should stay, along with its plantings (with enhanced maintenance). On-street parking should only be considered if and when Schwenk Blvd. evolves into a 'real' city street, with new development of mixed use 2-4 story buildings along a widened sidewalk. It would be an ambitious plan, but serve to transform the sleepy street into a fully 'engaged' extension of the Uptown district. As it is, Schwenk Blvd. is more suburban in scale and density - it deserves a hard look and design charrettes to make it a vibrant new part of Kingston. Once this happens -- if it happens -- future on-street parking and single lane traffic will serve to slow speeds and physically (and psychologically) result in a friendlier pedestrian experience. I hope this sort of smart growth can be eventually planned and executed.
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    • Admin Commented Ruth Ann about 2 months ago
      Thanks, Brad - your comments are appreciated. If you know of other people who would like to weigh in on this topic, please share!
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