I was there at the Nov. 19 East Central meeting, and I live and work in the lower East Central. I support the evolving trail plan. My understanding of the process was to invite constructive neighborhood involvement and critique, not just combative criticism. I was disappointed that the tone was so adversarial.
A vote called for in a room that seemed loaded against the proposal required those willing to bear the consequence of the majority’s disapproval. I would hope a neighborhood meeting could be guided in a hospitable way. It should invite differences of opinion and ideas. It shouldn’t put people on trial.
Sarcasm, belittling, accusations, out-of-turn comments, talking over people you disagree with, questioning motives, raising your voice – all tactics of power, not persuasion. I hope the process isn’t tabled so quickly; both sides have excellent concerns and ideas. Let’s work together to help create a better trail for all.
East Central has so much beauty to share with the city and connecting us in ways that open mobility to handicapped, children and walkers is exciting to me. I think together we can do this without destroying the quality of nature and the safety of residences.