Blah Blah Blah on AA. I just don't see the benefits of turning Broadway into a 2-lane road. Parking really ISN'T a problem down there. Most places have lots in the back. When you turn the street into angled parking, you end up with downtown Norman where you take your life into your hands every time you back out. You can't see the on-coming traffic that you are backing in to and just have to hope no one is there.
And as for it being a problem for pedestrians, how in the world does having a few less lanes help make people want to walk more? I really like the way Broadway turned out and it's helped to make the place more accessible. I've walked around down there and been fine. Not once did I decide I wasn't going to walk simply because the road was 4 lanes instead of 2. I just don't see how it makes a bit of difference. People in major cities walk across more lanes and even we do downtown.
To me, his opinions seem to be a waste of money on this particular issue. It's great that we're taking in different views, but tearing up Broadway like that just doesn't float. And the arguement for routing traffic to another road.....why? Broadway was built to BE THE connector. The other N-S roads are residential and SHOULDN'T be converted to anything else.