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Downtown needs to be more pedestrian friendly

December 26, 2013

To the editor: Making Downtown Cape Coral truly a Pedestrian Friendly Shopping destination: There is a desperate need for mid-block crosswalks, speed reduction through the core of the Cape Coral......

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Dec-31-13 12:34 PM

Downtown needs to be made more attractive physically. As of now, it is not eye appealing. I do agree it should be more pedestrian friendly. Traffic is a problem, but don't forget that CCP is a major roadway. Lowering speed limits won't solve anything. At 35MPH, how many really do that speed limit. I do, and get passed by others doing 45MPH or more. As for more public transportation. That was tried with the trolleys, and we all know how that worked out.

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Dec-29-13 3:21 PM

Mr. Tomich.. your letter speaks volumes and hope those that can make the impossible things happen will read it and go forth with a vision for what the downtown can truly be. Our open waterways/canals need to be explored and expanded on..Its time to let Cape Coral GROW

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Dec-27-13 8:09 PM

Maybe it is just too big for the small minds of politicians to grasp. There seems to be a disconnect in CC as to what a downtown area ought to be.

“Downtown Areas” are about people (pedestrian) too or mostly. You always see words like this when you speaking of a “downtown”, a geographical, commercial and communal place.They are not about accommodating automobiles. Take out the red lights and let automobiles filter while slowing down (they will slow down). Make the speed limit 15 with emphasis on wider pedestrian and bike space, and public transport, even closing auto traffic a day or two per week.

What a shameful waste, that CC is walled off from the river by developers. That ought to be job #2. Ever heard of imminent domain? The downtown area looks more like a desert town than one on a major waterway. Open it up – build some peers that reach right into “downtown.”

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Dec-27-13 8:15 AM

That's why more people need to get out to vote when election season comes around. Among other problems that plague beautiful Cape Coral.....

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Dec-27-13 8:12 AM

Many of the drivers do not have enough respect for the safety of pedestrians, other vehicles, and themselves to slow down to 35 on Cape Coral Parkway in downtown. I see cars weaving in and out of traffic, ignoring the laws, and see very little enforcement in that area. All to save 30 seconds tops. I agree downtown Cape could and should be made more pedestrian friendly but it could also be safer if drivers know there are consequences for ignoring the laws. More enforcement is needed.

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Dec-27-13 8:09 AM

Mr. Tomich, your LTE is a shining example of inquiry to point to highlighting why the "former" chieftans of the CRA are no longer in control of the purse strings in our downtown area. Perhaps you should direct your inquiry to Mr. Jacobsen and ask HIM why this was never done in the past. When down town attempts to develop it's "own" personality instead of emulating downtowns in the cities around us, we will then have a unique destination for all of SW Florida to stream to.

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Dec-27-13 7:22 AM

There was a proclamation signed back in the 2000s by the city. There was a state-wide initiative by then Secretary of the Dept of Elder Affairs, Gema Hernandez, to make cities "elder friendly". That meant making more pedestrian friendly zones, adaptions etc so that seniors could age in place. Have access to shopping, doctors, recreation, by walking. Lower curbs, more pathways, etc. These are 'simple' changes that are good for everyone, not just older adults. I hope that the city planners read this, and I hope that they prepare plans now that we have a better funding stream coming in. And does anyone know why when the UEP has gone in before, or presently, why side walks weren't part of the project? Seems like a good time to me to put them in. As a daily walker, I sure would like to side walks. I take my life in my own hands nightly.

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