Six Forks Road Corridor Study Shut Down, Citizen Input Ignored Again
By Brent Woodcox
After five years of study by transportation experts, hours of public meetings and on the eve of a plan finally going forward for the Six Forks Road Corridor study, District A City Councilor Dickie Thompson has tossed aside that mountain of work because he apparently objected to the outcome.
Previously, we have seen Russ Stephenson overrule the public input from the Hillsborough/Cameron Village Small Area Plan study committee. Disturbingly, inserting himself into the process at the last minute may actually benefit his own property.
Last year, councilors blocked the compromise proposal put forward by the city's Short Term Rental Task Force to settle the city's Airbnb issues once and for all. Instead, that proposal was trashed and the city had to go back to the drawing board.
Most recently, Stef Mendell and David Cox blocked a plan for bike lanes in their districts to mollify the concerns of a few cranky neighbors upset they might not find it as easy to park in the public right-of-way.
Now this story from the News & Observer...
So there you go. Five years of work down the drain because a few loud voices came in at the last second and a city councilor shut down progress.
Raleigh is being ruled by an angry mob. YIMBY is a project to get more voices involved in the public process. A few loud voices shouldn't be enough to thwart any forward movement in Raleigh. We need to restore democracy in this city.