Thursday, July 26, 2007

Arden Sidewalks

The discussion about having them or not in the Arden area continues and “not” seems to be winning.

Clash over new sidewalks
Safety concerns conflict with a desire to keep rural feel
By Ramon Coronado - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, July 26, 2007

To most people, sidewalks are walkways along either side of a roadway. In Arden Manor, they are a sensitive subject.

In what has been a long and bitter debate, a pedestrian and traffic safety master plan is moving ahead. Some residents believe that more sidewalks would improve pedestrian safety. Others feel sidewalks will spoil the rural character of their neighborhood.

"There is a need for continuity," said Howard Schmidt, of Supervisor Susan Peters' Third District office, which covers Arden Manor.

Dave Frankee is overseeing the master plan, which is now in its draft stage. He said community meetings have been held, including one Wednesday at the Arden-Dimick Library, in which people have voiced their strongly held opinions for and against sidewalks.

"We have taken a lot of the sidewalk (plans) out" as a result of community concern, Frankee said.