Going door-to-door on a Sunday with the Eagles playing doesn't produce a whole lot of lively conversation, but today sure was different. I was able to spend a few hours with the residents in the southern precinct to see what was on their minds and what can be done to make that side of town better.
To this day, there is still displeasure towards the coming of the Hampton Inn. In fact, being down by Jefferson and Providence Road, you get a good perspective of what a hotel will mean for the aesthetics and traffic change for that section of town. On paper it may have not been much, but dropping this from six stories to four is a major improvement and one I'm glad we took the time to fight for. I completely understand the concern of the people whose homes will be in the shadow of this new facility.
The recent condo development slated for Edgmont and Jefferson is another issue on people's mind. "Why is the borough bringing these condo's in?" was a statement I heard more than once and yet another important issue worth addressing this year. Much like the Hampton Inn, it's the obligation of borough council and the candidates to represent the residents FIRST!
I went on to ask them what they thought of the speed bumps, but came to learn that most residents don't think they work at all and would rather have them paved over once the new Aqua street work is done. One resident had me observe that vehicles don't even slow down when they go over them. They were right! I was happy to report that CMAQ will finally be finished after a decade long delay. It won't resolve the issues on Jefferson St., but it should help with traffic that spills over from Baltimore Pike.
I don't knock on just specific doors, I knock on EVERY door.
Thanks for your time, feedback and inviting me in to your homes. I greatly appreciate the support.