Mav - I’m with you man. The gentrification comment was a dig at certain city council members who seem to be so fearful of doing something wrong that they think doing nothing is a better alternative.
I think the Dix master plan is great and the road diet prescribed for Lake Wheeler is perfect, but I don’t think any of that is going to see the light of day for 10+ years.
Why can’t we have a simple, temporary gravel path along Lake Wheeler that connects Dix and the Farmer’s market and keeps pedestrians and cyclists separated from cars?
Land bridges and cooling gardens all sound incredible, but let’s activate the space now for cheap with a simple path. Simple things can be done to get people using the park now. The more they use it now the more they get invested in its future.
We talk a good walkability game, but if we’re serious about it we need to dignify walking by creating simple facilities for people who choose to walk and for people who have no other choice but to walk.