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Fairlington124
05-26-2016, 11:02 AM
Not everyone is apparently a fan of Capital Bikeshare expansion. Ms. Mary Jean Crowley cites her 42 years of paying property tax as justification to oppose the new station in North Old Town, on the basis that it will harm her property values:

http://alextimes.com/2016/05/your-view-keep-bikeshare-station-out-of-our-neighborhood/

My favorite line was: "Put Bikeshare locations in commercial areas, not residential ones."

jrenaut
05-26-2016, 11:15 AM
My favorite line was when she totally misunderstands how a democracy works. And let's not even get into her misunderstanding of the network effect.

Subby
05-26-2016, 11:26 AM
Heh probably for the best that there is no way to comment on that article.

lordofthemark
05-26-2016, 11:28 AM
Of course the City has had proposed locations posted for months, and IIUC the list of locations was based on a process that included public involvement. For whatever reason she has not been paying attention.

americancyclo
05-26-2016, 11:42 AM
cementing over hundreds of square feet that are currently green space.
this?
11836

Fairlington124
05-26-2016, 11:52 AM
Squishy Silberberg will probably make a full-out effort to make sure that our friend doesn't suffer catastrophic losses in property values.

jrenaut
05-26-2016, 12:00 PM
For whatever reason she has not been paying attention.
She's been too busy paying her property taxes.

KLizotte
05-26-2016, 12:12 PM
Can we send all the tour buses to her neighborhood? Please?????!!!!!

Subby
05-26-2016, 12:13 PM
BTW she's 87 years old so the likelihood that she has been out canvassing her neighborhood to build a consensus against this is probably...not likely.

chris_s
05-26-2016, 01:03 PM
this?
11836

Save historic median park.

americancyclo
05-26-2016, 01:08 PM
Save historic median park.
look at those hundreds of feet of green space with pavement right down the middle that they are going to cover with pavement!

Fairlington124
05-26-2016, 01:33 PM
Has property values been brought up before as an argument against Capital Bikeshare?

I know that the King Street bike lanes were going to kill people, but that was a road allocation issues.

When Bluemont Civic Associated opposed the Capital Bikeshare station, their concerns were proximity to single-family houses (presumably the bikes would turn those SFHs into apartments), change in neigborhood appearance (ibid), and parking. http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?8519-Proposed-Capital-Bikeshare-Locations-opposed-by-Bluemont-Civic-Association-vote

KWL
05-26-2016, 01:56 PM
Yeah, it would be better to locate it, say near a fire station instead of in a purely residential area. Oh wait...

lordofthemark
05-26-2016, 03:23 PM
Look I really don't know if there might have been a better spot for a station a few blocks away. But I do know that CaBi expansion has been on the table for a while, and I am pretty sure this location has not been a secret - it is kind of late to ask for a change now.

Fairlington124
05-26-2016, 05:31 PM
Look I really don't know if there might have been a better spot for a station a few blocks away. But I do know that CaBi expansion has been on the table for a while, and I am pretty sure this location has not been a secret - it is kind of late to ask for a change now.

Are you kidding me? All it will take is for a City councilor, such as squishy Silberberg, to demand a "study" for the station, with claims that the City was "not transparent" and wanted to "ram it down their throats".

You ought to know the NIMBY playbook by now.

lordofthemark
05-26-2016, 07:48 PM
Actually I've been pretty involved, and they aren't going to change a CaBi installation that is scheduled for a month from now. And a study would have to be initiated by T&ES which reports to the City Manager, who reports to the whole Council. The Council recently endorsed the new Bike Ped chapter of the Transportation Master Plan. And restored the cuts to CaBi funding.

They don't do everything we want, but they are not that spineless.