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  • Anonymous

    how much did rockland pay for the “walkability expert”?

    • Sam

      Probably way more than they want anyone to find out.

    • Anonymous

      Article states that cost was shared with Friends of Midcoast Maine. Whatever the cost, it is a good investment, so that any changes, pro or con, walking or vehicular, are made from a smart position: that of knowing the full range of options, knowing what not to preclude that will make the city a better place.

      Walking is a smart, healthy option, especially given the limited amount of space in cities, even small ones, for any additional parking, and the growing demographic of oldsters, who cannot or do not want to drive everywhere. We are all heading there.

      • Anonymous

        Oldsters as you call them can barely walk across the parking lot or get around the store without ride on carts at Walmart let alone hike all over town hauling their purchases…If the demographic continues on this trend as Maine continues to get older and kids flee for work and better oportunities in states that allow it , this “study” is a moot point and waste of money…IMHO…That is why Walmart is so popular with Oldsters…One stop , get everything they need and a ride on cart if they need it..

      • Anonymous

        “Whatever the cost, it is a good investment”…spoken exactly like a person who is NOT shouldering the tax burden in rockland.

        • Anonymous

          Paying a consultant, who has specialized knowledge, will often provide a net SAVINGS in the infrastructure NOT built, or poorly designed. Tens of thousands maybe in consulting fees, versus hundreds or millions for redoing roads, sidewalks, utilities. No contest. I pay a lot of taxes, not in Rockland, and I pay them gladly, if spent wisely, like it seems in this case.

  • Anonymous

    Burden is a smart guy, former National Geographic photographer, he has a good eye for bike/ped concerns. The retail world is finally getting a clue that better walkability = better profits. Those interested parties should view Burden as a god, instead I have seen his ideas treated with mockery by Chamber types in two medium sized west coast cities. The car is dying a slow death, mixed use development is the answer to saving the US economy, these are obvious points but how to get there is a very complicated question

    • Anonymous

      “Chamber types” —what a good phrase for “heads-in-the -sand!”
      I really do not understand people continuing to invest in technologies from the past, like fossil fuels. They will smarten up, eventually, but it might take twenty years.

      And folks wonder why over 50% of the state’s economy is in Portland area–because they are willing to look towards the future.

  • joetaxpayer

    Here we go again Rockland taxpayers … which by the way I am, unlike Mr Smarten-Up who is so full of advice here. I walk nearly every day about 3 miles and have since 1976. Instead of spending money (which I’m betting included some of my own) I could have told them for free anything they needed to know. In this case all they need to do is put in light controlled crosswalks that are activated with a button push (such as the new crossing lights near the High School entrance) in order to make it easier and safer to cross Camden Street. That is it and that is all that is needed. The car wash has been there forever …. live with it. We are tired of being taxed to death for foolishness and even more tired of advice from non residents.

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