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City of Minneapolis – Summary of Feedback Received

Back on August 26, the city of Minneapolis held yet another “Open House” meeting for residents.  (That was the meeting mentioned in THIS post).

As part of this open house, they presented attendees with a limited number of copies of a 37 page document: “Summary  Report of Resident Feedback”.  They said that the document would be available on the Greenway website.

Well, a month later, and we’ve finally got a copy of this report.  You can download it by clicking HERE.

A few notes:

 

1. At the meeting, the city of Minneapolis representatives claimed that the report contained ALL feedback received up until a certain date.  As we were BCC’ed on several emails sent to their department, we know this to be false.  There are several emails we were copied on that were NOT in the booklet, despite being sent before the cutoff date mentioned.

2. As you will see, the feedback is overwhelmingly negative, even with leaving out some of the feedback they’ve received.

3.  To this date, the Greenway Council and City of Minneapolis continues to spew a narrative about them having “overwhelming support” from the community.  How they can do so with a straight face, while also publishing this report is beyond us.
4. As previously mentioned, there have been multiple reports of dissenting feedback NOT being recorded at multiple in-person feedback gathering sessions.

 

5. We appreciate that the City of Minneapolis is finally acknowledging that their data collection standards have been less than acceptable to date.

6. Some of the language contained in the report is NSFW.

It’s Official: The Neighbourhood Does NOT Want This!

After many months of misleading promotion tactics from the Greenway Council, being ignored by the city, and the media presenting an INCREDIBLY inaccurate, one-sided view of what residents in our neighbourhood are living with… It’s with GREAT pleasure that we share the news we received this morning:

 
Last night, the Folwell Neighbourhood Association passed an official resolution, demanding the immediate removal of the temporary greenway installation.

 
To say that those of us who have been fighting this ugly, dangerous encroachment are jubilant right now would be quite the understatement!

 
Of particular note: Not only did the neighbourhood association demand the removal, they also acknowledged the reality that so many of us have been trying to bring attention to: that what was implemented is NOT what was promised, and is not what is being promoted to outside interests.

 

 

It is SO empowering to see that our neighbourhood association is joining us in pointing out the reality of this situation.  It’s one thing to point out that “the emperor has no clothes”, ourselves…  but it sure feels great to have official backing on that.

 
If you would like to read the official resolution, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Editing to add: If there are questions regarding this action please contact the Folwell Neighborhood Association. Roberta@folwell.org or 612-521-2100.

Providing Visual Context for This Nonsense

(Note: In the interest of fairness in presenting context, all photos on this entry were taken the same day  – this afternoon.)

 

Because this Greenway is being promoted to outside, non-residents (because obviously their feedback is more important that those living on the impacted route!), we thought it would be a good idea to provide some context for those who have not yet seen the area.

 
First of all, let’s have a look at the 5 blocks currently impacted with this “pilot” greenway project:

 

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The impacted blocks are colour coded to match the ridiculous neon paint that they have been sullied by.

 

A few notes:

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The Boys Who Cried Racism.

Recently, pro-greenway activists have adopted the habit of accusing those opposed to the greenway of racism.  This tends to happen randomly, whenever questions are posed about the greenway, upkeep, who is in charge, etc.  So, we would like to say a few things.

 
1. The implementation of the North Minneapolis Greenway is a HUGELY racist thing.
When we are talking about taking away access to homes, potentially reducing home values, and generally causing a huge upheaval to those who affected, approach matters. When we are talking about doing all of that, in one of the poorest, blackest neighbourhoods in the city, details matter even more.

 

 

Details such as appearance.  This pilot project was erected as cheaply as possible, using inappropriate materials (Horse troughs as planters. Plants need drainage – they’re all moldy and dead now!), ugly paint, etc.

 
Does anyone honestly believe that such a big project – a 1 YEAR pilot project – would look like this only a couple months in, if installed anywhere else in the city?:

 

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No reasonable person would be able to imagine this mess anywhere else in the city, even at the end of a 1 year trial.  The fact that it is SO run down just a few months in is extremely telling.

 
Details such as contact.  When canvassing the route, many people had no idea what was going on, and stated that they had not been contacted prior to the temporary pilot being installed.  Many expressed feelings of having been kept in the dark.   Of those who had heard of it ahead of time and had at least a vague understanding of what was up, most expressed feelings of “they don’t listen to us”.  Additionally, a large number of people we spoke to did not have access to the internet.  Many brought up the view that it all felt racist to them.

 
This is problematic on many levels… and, again, are not issues that would necessarily be in place, had this been implemented elsewhere.  The lack of direct contact with those on the route, when seen through the lens of “Many of the people here do not have internet” seems predatory on the part of the greenway council.  It seems like they are taking advantage of the lack of resources – specifically, access to information – in this area, specifically.  Would this happen in a predominantly white neighbourhood?  Probably not.

 
Then, there is the matter of the Greenway Council specifically wanting to hire a person of colour as a consultant, for pennies on the dollar.  Click here to read all about THAT.
Admittedly, a lot of the problems we’re seeing that appear to be racism share a huge overlap with issues of classism. Whether rooted in race or class, they are important issues that are being outright ignored by those in charge… or worse, exploited for their own benefit (lack of communication)

 
2. To the best of our knowledge the only people of colour in support of the greenway are those being paid to promote it. This is based on attending many Greenway council meetings and events, and canvassing door to door along the route.  Will Lumpkins, Alexis Pennie, Ebony Adedayo, Lawrence Lee, etc. are paid consultants, employees of nonprofits, lobbyists, etc – not all of whom even live in the area, and NONE of whom live on the proposed route.

 

 

Taking a look at pro-greenway events paints a very clear picture of who is supporting them.  From the “Northside Greenway Now” Facebook page’s (Formerly the official Northside Greenway Council page, has been renamed) recent post about a talk they gave in the impacted area:

 

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… This is every photo they posted from that event.  As a rough guess from our canvassing, the residents of the blocks that are currently being subjected to this nonsense are probably around 2/3 people of colour.   So, where are they?

 
They’re not in the photos here.  They aren’t at any of the meetings we’ve been to. If you exclude people with a financial interest (actual salary,   freelance contract, and/or representing a bike shop), they aren’t even on the Greenway Council board.

 

 

3. One of the two people quickest to call greenway detractors “racist” when they ask questions he doesn’t have the answers for is not only a white guy, he’s a white guy that doesn’t even live in North Minneapolis.

 
Oh, and he’s a white guy – again, who doesn’t live here – that draws cartoons like this and posts them to Facebook to belittle women who raise safety concerns:

 

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We’ve done two posts about his antics, here and here.

 
Also, when he was asked if he planned to buy property on the Greenway at a recent Open House event, he recoiled in horror – as if living here is completely beneath him. I wonder why that is, exactly?  I suppose I could make some assumptions, based on his little “artwork”.

 
Oh, and for the record, the second person calling detractors “Racist” is Willie Lumpkins.  Yeah, the guy from our last entry, here.

 

 

4.  Racism is a HUGE problem in today’s society.  It’s all around us – in the neighbourhood, in our government, on the greenway council, and  literally any time we watch the news or go on Facebook.

 
To be fair, there are more than likely racists who oppose the greenway, also.  People of ALL backgrounds oppose this thing, so it would be naive to assume otherwise.

 
The thing is, racism is an important and serious enough issue, that false allegations of it should never be used to shut people down when it comes to completely non-racial issues.  It’s crying wolf, and it detracts from the very real issues of racism that this neighbourhood – and those affected by this project specifically – face.

 
When a resident asks why the garbage bins aren’t being emptied, why the paint looks like crap, why there are no plans for upkeep, and who is even in charge any more – such questions have no root in racism.  To accuse anyone asking such questions of racism is not only a coward’s way to shut down the conversation, it’s also distracting from the ACTUAL racism involved with this project.

 
… Then again, I suppose it is in their best interest that people NOT focus on things like their aim to pay a person of colour pennies on the dollar, take advantage of a lack of resources with the residents here, etc.

A Look At Who Is Running The Show Here, Part 2

This blog entry has been a long time coming, and it’s going to be a difficult one to write. When talking about the subject of Willie Lumpkins, deceit, and lack of transparency with regards to the Greenway project… there’s almost TOO MUCH subject matter to cover.
Misrepresentation has been the name of the game for those promoting the Greenway encroachment, and no one has exemplified “misrepresentation” quite like Willie has.
To start at the beginning, Willie was a board member of the Greenway Council, before he… wasn’t. Popular rumour has held that he was fired, yet no one seems to want to clarify WHY exactly he is no longer on the board.
All we know is that whenever Willie has gotten out of line, various board members have been quick to point out that Willie does not speak for the board, as he is no longer a member.
Why is it, then, that any time there is a news piece on the Greenway, Willie is still selected to be one of the mouthpieces of the project?   Why does the Greenway council take great care to distance themselves from him when he acts out, yet routinely turns to him as a spokesperson?
Additionally, if distancing themselves from Willie, WHY has the official Northside Greenway Council had Willie in charge of their official Facebook page   (recently renamed “Northside Greenway Now”)?

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Now, you’ll note in that last image, the corresponding Will post is by a name other than “Will Lumpkins”

 

That is because this is one of his fake accounts, as he recently outed himself on:

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By Willie’s own accounts, he’s not only a (former?) board member, but someone who is paid to “engage the community” with regards to the Greenway project.
On the subject of that “community engagement”… Will uses this fake account to “engage” residents on a local Greenway Facebook group:

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… It was only recently that he outed himself as being the same person with a fake account, and that came around by accident.  In the months leading up to it, he not only posted under the fake account to support the Greenway – making it appear that the Greenway has more support than it does – but also went so far as to reply to his own posts with his fake account, “converse” with his fake account, etc.

 

THIS is the “transparency” we’ve come to expect from him, the Greenway Council, and the City of Minneapolis. Fake accounts, misrepresentation of the level of support, and more.

 

… who pays Willie?   This is an answer that many of us on the Stop the Greenway group have been asking, but  – much like many other questions we have about the project, particularly with regards to money, where it’s coming from, and to whom it is being paid – we are left without answers.

 

Is the city paying his salary / fees?  Is this abuse and deception coming from our tax money?

 

How exactly can the city claim to be a “neutral party” in this (per Lara Pratt, on many public occasions), while paying extremists to alienate those against the greenway, and basically act as a crass cheerleader for the project?

 

How was Willie hired for the “Community Engagement”?  What vetting was in place?  Was he truly the best choice for such a role, given that he’s blocked basically everyone involved with fighting against the greenway?

 

Wouldn’t “engaging” the detractors, trying to win us over be a smarter plan of action?

 

Can we really not expect that our tax dollars – especially when actively being used AGAINST us – to be used to hire someone of some degree of professionalism?

This IS, after all, the person that publicly stated that we were in the wrong for being concerned about “1 old lady with cancer”, rather than “the future”.

A Look at Who is Running the Show Here…

A few days ago, we wrote about a disturbing “joke” that Alexis Pennie – chairman of the Northside Greenway Council – made at the expense of the residents affected by the greenway. (See HERE)

 

After that entry was posted, we received an anonymous tip: it advised us to contact the Folwell Neighborhood Association.  The tip said that Alexis had been a board member of the association, before being removed because of conduct issues.

 

We emailed to request the information – which is available to the public at the Folwell Office – and received it this afternoon.  We have redacted the identifying information of the business involved, as it was clear from the file that they had not wanted that to be public. You can download the 5 page pdf file, HERE.

 

 

We’ve written before about the toxic “isms” involved with the Greenway Council, and with their implementation of the greenway thusfar. (Racism, Ableism, Classism, and Sexism with the Greenway Project).    This new information is truly egregious.

 

Why has the City of Minneapolis continued to allow this person to helm the project?

 

 

Why is it in any way appropriate that someone who gets themselves banned from a neighbourhood establishment – and kicked off a neighbourhood association – for THAT kind of behaviour be in charge of a project that so hugely impacts this very neighbourhood? Again, he doesn’t even live even adjacent to the proposed route, much less the currently impacted area.

 

Would this nonsense be tolerated – not to mention being SUPPORTED by the city – in any other neighbourhood in Minneapolis?

 

Minneapolis, you need to do better by your residents.  We  deserve better than to have this greenway nonsense foisted on us by an organization run by someone who reportedly can’t keep his hands, mouth, racist language, and sexual harassment to himself… ESPECIALLY when acting as a representative of a neighbourhood organization.

Resident Concerns – Marie & Michael P.

We recently invited those opposed to the Greenway to email their concerns to a list of politicians and others involved with forcing this fiasco on us. With permission, we are sharing some of those that have been forwarded on to us by the author. 

If you have sent such an email to the powers that be, and would like us to post it, please send a copy to us at fightback at stopthegreenway dot com. Please include information on  how you would prefer your name to appear:  Full name, initials, anonymous, etc.

 

Dear Councilperson

I am writing to you today with some of my concerns about the North Minneapolis greenway temporary installation, and – by extension – plans for a permanent installation.

I live on the XXXX block of XXXXX ave N. My block was one of those included in an earlier proposed greenway installation, and – for all I know – could still end up with a greenway on it. I am speaking both as someone potentially affected directly, as well as someone currently affected by means of additional traffic diverted from the next street over.  I am also speaking as someone with a great deal of empathy for those currently being affected by this poorly planned installation.

We’ve all heard the council touting the supposed benefits of this greenway, and that’s well and good.  The fact is, however, that it’s all pie-in-the-sky dreaming, given the realities of the temporary greenway installation.  This installation has been problematic in both conception and rollout, and promises to cause further problems as it progresses.

 

Throughout the lead up to this rollout, those of us who happened to hear anything about it had to go searching for information. The entire time, it seemed that those behind the project were more concerned with obtaining the feedback of cycling organizations from outside of the actual area, rather than residents on the route.  To this day – almost a month and a half after installation – I am still coming across people who had no idea what was happening, until it happened.

 

As you well know, this area is disadvantaged in many ways. It’s one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the city. It’s one of the least educated areas. It’s basically used as a dumping ground for the “undesirables” (see: sex offenders) that the rest of the city doesn’t want to deal with.  Still, there are many of us who work hard, live honourable lives, and just want quiet enjoyment of our homes, as safely as possible.

 

It seems beyond predatory for outside lobbyists, city employees, and cycling activists to be able to impose their will on this area, knowing full well that the neighbourhood is ill equipped to fight back against it.

 

The greenway council has misled people from the start, with dirty data collection practices. Combining data from multiple collection attempts, across several platforms, with no attempt to catalogue/rule out duplicate info, or even so much as verify residency of those replying.  I have personally seen multiple appeals for “feedback” on early polls sent out to non-north Minneapolis cycling groups, encouragement for people to mark themselves as being residents even if this is not the case, and more.

 

I have personally provided feedback at the Open Streets festival – with the representatives NOT recording it – only to see them record feedback from a supporter.  When I brought this up at a meeting, my experience was mirrored by another person.  This was in a very sparsely attended meeting, with very few residents present.

 

At these meetings, they have repeatedly refused to present actual numbers for anything, whether it be budget, expenditures, or what their definition of “majority support” actually means.  “I don’t know” and “We don’t have that information” are the most common replies they have had for residents in attendance.

 

Even the promotion of the meetings themselves have been lacking in transparency.  Many of the anti-greenway residents have reported that they have NOT been added to the email lists they sign up for at each meeting. Several were removed after receiving just one email or two, having to find out information from those still receiving information. For an initiative that has been claiming to be about community, they have taken great strides to keep the community in the dark.

 

Even today, the community has no idea if there is a meeting or not.  Folwell park says there is one booked, but there is NO information out there.  After cancelling the May meeting at the last minute (“because everyone is so BUSY!”, no less!), and the nonsense they pulled at the last minute for June’s “meeting), we’re all very wary of this.

 

The way the Greenway project was marketed and rolled out has been lacking in transparency from the get-go, and – I’ll be honest with you – as a supporter of it, this reflects on you.

 

As far as the implementation:

 

– It’s dangerous.  Home owners are reporting damage to their vehicles as a result of using the back alleys (odd side of the road, 3500 block specifically).  The 3 blocks south of that try to shoehorn 2 way traffic into a slalom course that narrows to the width of a single car at the beginning and end of each “play area”, and  – most bewildering – there is NO bike path at all. The bikes (if there were any, more on that later) would have to fight for that single car width lane, as the imaginary “bike lane” would be superimposed on that single car lane.

 

It teaches kids to play in the street, adding even more risk for drivers already trying to navigate that slalom course and avoid other drivers (and hypothetical cyclists).  On top of that, between the slalom course and the bright colours, drivers have apparently been treating it as a race course.  When I canvassed the route, the term “Mario Kart” came up on multiple occasions.
– It was poorly planned.  Aside from the issues above, the council never bothered to notify or consult with the fire department ahead of time.  It’s very disturbing to know that the fire department only found out by “happening upon” it while out on a call.  It’s extra disturbing to know that the fire department themselves were telling residents that they were unable to turn onto the 3500 block of Irving from either of the cross streets, because the planters and such made the tight turn impossible.  Many residents of the b lock recounted to me of the time they watched a fire truck try repeatedly to turn onto their block, to no avail.  How is this “healthy”?

 

– On the subject of not consulting with a response agency, they similarly did not consult with the police. At multiple greenway meetings, the council assured residents of “increased patrols” on the street, as well as supposed patrols for the back alleys.
This was fine and good, until the – surprised! – police were asked about it at the June meeting.  They had not heard anything about the greenway before that, and actually LAUGHED when residents asked about these stepped up patrols. Not only were they never consulted, it was something that WILL NOT happen.  They cited being understaffed as it is.
– It’s cheap, and it’s ugly.  Neon pink, orange, yellow, green, and blue paints are in NO way representative of a “green space”, and they devalue the homes on the route.  The cheap metal horse troughs that they are using as planters not only never had their sales stickers removed (tacky!), they were dented with in days, and are currently rusting and slimy.  Just a month and a half in to a year long installation, and it looks like an utter disgrace.  We have to live with these conditions for another 10.5 months, knowing they’ll continue to degrade.

 

Given that they are meant to hold water and NOT to plant in, I also have concerns about standing water, eventually. When they become waterlogged, they will mold and will also become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. With the Zika virus being such a concern this summer, that is absolutely unacceptable…. especially in an area where people already can’t afford decent medical care as it is.

 

In addition to the actual installation being a disgrace to look at, it is also turning into an urban landfill.  Garbage is accumulating on the route, both in the street, and in the very few – neglected – garbage bins on the route.  Those bins are overflowing – did the council not plan for removal?

 

These conditions would NOT be tolerated in any other community in the city.  They would be laughed out of many of the communities, long before installation.  That this was permitted to happen in the first place – and allowed to continue to degrade before our eyes – is an insult.
– No one is using it.   Even on the advertised grand-opening (with the draws of food and activities, as well as beautiful weather that day), protestors vastly outnumbered everyone else until just before the ribbon cutting, where there was probably an equal number.  For the bulk of the afternoon, it was basically just protestors and greenway council volunteers, with the odd kid here and there.  Our own city councilors couldn’t be bothered to show up!

 

Residents along the route are often reporting entire weekend afternoons without a single cyclist to speak of.  Why, exactly, are these people being denied full access to their homes, to host an empty street?

As I’m sure you’re aware, alley entry to the house doesn’t count as legal “access”.

 

Given what people have to go through – obtaining majority approval from surrounding homeowners – to get a CHICKEN for their backyard, I am blown away that this didn’t require anywhere near that kind of approval from those affected.
Also, given the myriad issues and slapped together implementation, why should anyone on the route trust this council – or the city – to implement such a project in a PERMANENT fashion?
I hope the city has a HUGE budget for offering fair market value buyouts to those on the route, for paying for homeowners to install tall fences in their front yards (it’s only right!), and/or to compensate for the expensive renovations needed to make back yards, back doors, and back alleys accessible as a main entryway.
I hope the city’s insurance covers the inevitable lawsuits, as I am not impressed with the idea of that coming out of our taxes.
This is getting long, and I’m sure you’ll be hearing from others.  I encourage you to take some time to read through www.stopthegreenway.com for more details on the issues, as well view the comments on the accompanying petition at :
https://www.change.org/p/city-of-minneapolis-stop-the-north-minneapolis-greenway/c
Marie & Michael P. 07/12/16

PS: Just as residents can be organized for fighting this, they can also be organized come election season.  Given general voter apathy, it won’t even take that many motivated voters to send a clear message about this abomination

Resident Concerns – W.R.

We recently invited those opposed to the Greenway to email their concerns to a list of politicians and others involved with forcing this fiasco on us. With permission, we are sharing some of those that have been forwarded on to us by the author. 

If you have sent such an email to the powers that be, and would like us to post it, please send a copy to us at fightback at stopthegreenway dot com. Please include information on  how you would prefer your name to appear:  Full name, initials, anonymous, etc.

 
I wanted to share my frustrations and concerns as a resident and home-owner on the Greenway in North Minneapolis.

 

There is growing frustration amongst my neighbors on Irving Ave N. about how this unattractive, unnecessary, unsafe greenway has been imposed upon us from outside interest groups and non-North Minneapolis residents.

1. MISLEADING OUTREACH

 
Outreach to the community about the proposed greenway was extremely leading and
subjective:

– Outreach materials mentioned only the pros of a greenway and never mentioned the downsides or losses associated with such a greenway

 
– The materials depicted beautifully rendered mock-ups of a theoretical greenway which bares no resemblance to the cheap, unkempt, unattractive greenway we’re now burdened with

 
– Information regarding community meetings and events related to the greenway including dates, details, cancellations, to time/date changes has been consistently unclear and miscommunicated.

Residents now feel misled and duped and continually unheard.

 
2. DEVALUED PROPERTIES

 

We’ve owned our home at Irving Ave N. for over 10 years now. With the recurring crime and violence, we’ve wanted to move away for many years now – but we were under water with our mortgage, and still are – by $80,000.

I’m attaching below a photo of our home as it now looks with the greenway encroaching on our property, and the Nice Ride station plopped right in front of our front door, which neither the city nor the Greenway Council bothered to inform us about or request our feelings about. (Folwell Park is huge and right across the street – couldn’t the Nice Ride station go anywhere inside Folwell Park instead?)

 

We were finally hoping to put our home on the market this year – a sale/transaction we’d already be losing money on – but the violence is just too much.

 
This temporary greenway and massive Nice Ride bike station do not add beauty or value to our property, as the Greenway Council and Blue/Cross Blue Shield kept promising residents. The greenway and all its elements are unattractive and will make our home even more difficult to sell, and at a lower price, to boot. (See photo below)

 

3. SAFETY

 
My 17 year old niece lives with us currently – and, what with the crime and violence, including those two toddler girls who were shot just blocks away on Penn/Lowry last week – I am not comfortable with my niece coming home from her job at 10 at night and needing to fuss around and find far-off parking that isn’t right near our front entrance.

For what is all this fuss and fear? Why does she have to do this, be more unsafe? Walk in the dark longer on our bullet-ed streets? So bicycling enthusiasts, the majority of which don’t even live in my neighborhood, can cycle down Irving Ave N? Cyclists already could bike down Irving last year, on Humboldt, on any street really, prior to this greenway.

 

Parks are parks. Streets are streets. Parks are for being active and enjoying nature. Streets are for driving and parking and access to our homes. It’s unrealistic and unfair to turn residential streets in densely populated neighborhoods into parks.

 

We have not gained much of anything here on Irving, we have only lost things – access, safety, input, respect. Litter and abandoned tricycles now clutter the greenway. I look our my window onto it, multiple times a day and it’s a mostly un-used, confusing, no-man’s land, that no one feels they own or have any say in, and so anyone can just wander in and abuse it, and our front lawns, and wander off again.

 

We all do appreciate new ideas to make North Minneapolis a healthier, more vibrant, forward-moving community – but this greenway isn’t practical or purposeful enough.

 
– W.R.,  07/26/16

 

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Slap in the Face from Chairman of the Council

I have a bunch of notes from tonight’s “open house” meeting, but I’ll get to that in a day or so.  One thing really stood out to me from the whole meeting, and it really needs to be addressed.

 
When one local resident brought up a concern about drug dealers merely being pushed to adjacent streets, Alexis Pennie (chairman of the Greenway Council) replied – and this is a direct quote –

 

“Well, people still have to make a living!”

 

Was it a joke?  I hope so.

 

 

Was it in ANY way appropriate for the chairperson of the Greenway Council to make such a joke about a very legitimate concern posed by a resident?

 

 

Absolutely not.

 

 

The thing is, he CAN joke about it.  He has the privilege of not living on the affected route, nor on the adjacent streets.  He doesn’t have to deal with the blightway, nor does he have to live with the consequences of migrating crime from the temporary installation being added to crime those on nearby streets already have to deal with.

 

 

I happened to be sitting across from Matt Hendricks, a Greenway Council board member. He appeared  – rightfully – horrified by the “joke”.

 

 

Matt pointed out that the Greenway council is dormant right now, and that no one has any idea whether or not it will reactivate at some point in the future.  That Alexis was not speaking on behalf of the project, when he made the joke. It was very clear that he wanted to distance Alexis’s comment from the project.

 

 

The thing is, though… Whatever the actual status of the Greenway Council, the fact remains that Alexis is/was the chair. He was the name and face of this project to all of those who have been impacted it, who have been presenting our concerns, who have been ignored, and – yes – who have been disrespected by members of the greenway council.

 

 

For him joke about such a big issue in OUR neighbourhood speak VOLUMES about the lack of respect that our concerns are being met with.  He – and the Greenway Council – owes the residents of this neighbourhood an apology.

Resident Concerns – Ivy & John

We recently invited those opposed to the Greenway to email their concerns to a list of politicians and others involved with forcing this fiasco on us. With permission, we are sharing some of those that have been forwarded on to us by the author. 

If you have sent such an email to the powers that be, and would like us to post it, please send a copy to us at fightback at stopthegreenway dot com. Please include information on  how you would prefer your name to appear:  Full name, initials, anonymous, etc.
Hi I’m a home owner ,my husband has owned this house for 16 years. We live on the 3400  block of Irving Ave north.

 

I’m writing this hoping to be heard. I want to say right off that we have both said NO Greenway from the start. I’ve said no at open streets, the door to door servey, and I’ve even attended a meeting after my neighbor came down very upset and said “they are going to take away our parking.” That was the first I’ve heard of meetings going on. Even after all that no one ever heard no. I was asked questions like,  what are you biggest concerns about the greenway?, What’s so bad about parking in the ally?, What I hear you saying is……..& What can I do for you right now?

 

 

So now let me tell you what it’s like to live here. Yes think about it,  I deal with the following every moment at my home. Read more »

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