Whittier and Greg Sandler
Residents of South Street and other neighborhoods
that will be affected by the Hospital Hill development are concerned
about the multitude of potentially devastating environmental impacts
that will result if Phase One of the Hospital Hill development
is allowed to begin without a full and complete Environmental
Impact Study of the entire project as a whole.
South Street is a thickly settled residential neighborhood,
with a majority of the homes being owner-occupied single family
dwellings. Residents and city planners are committed to maintaining
South Street as a residential neighborhood. In order to do so,
the impact of traffic and construction in the neighborhood must
be addressed more thoroughly than it has been thus far.
The proposals contained here do not seek to shift
the impact of the development onto other neighborhoods, but rather
to consider a model that minimizes such impact on the South, Earle,
Grove, Laurel, Chapel, West, and Clement Streets neighborhoods.
Traffic calming measures are an important first step. However,
such measures do not counterbalance the current plan to build
a new road in the location of the current Earle Street and to
transform South Street into an automobile connector. The investment
in a South Street/Earle Street automobile gateway is short-sighted,
is not in keeping with city planning vision, and creates untenable
traffic impacts on the South Street neighborhood.