(22nd in a series of posts on Walkability and Bikeability)
Breena Holland is an Associate Professor at Lehigh University in the Department of Political Science and the Environmental Initiative. She is a past and current director of Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative.
Gadfly, question of clarification: When the Anon person states that the taxpayer should not pick up the tab on a pedestrian bridge project, does this mean the Anon person is opposed to paying for the bridge with government-funded state and federal grants? It’s my understanding that this is where much of the funding comes from on these project. Personally, I’d rather see that pool of taxpayer money (i.e. federal and state grants) go to support projects that make cities more walkable and bikable rather than projects that endlessly advance vehicular mobility. Don’t we already put enough of our taxpayer dollars to vehicular mobility? Let’s see some funding going to other ways of getting around. To me it is not a question of if our taxpayer dollars should go to a pedestrian bridge, but a question of whether we’d like to see our taxpayer dollars already going to transportation infrastructure dedicated solely to projects that improve transportation for cars vs. bikes and your own two feet.