From the April 7 Reynolds Town Hall: Broad Street

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Reynolds Virtual Town Hall April 7

  • See Bethlehem Corner video
  • Broad St. has lived up to its name
  • talked about east side when visiting the Food Co-Op new location
  • need to narrow Broad St.
  • make it more walkable
  • West Broad — built for cars not people
  • like a river between two different parts of the West side
  • could be even more beautiful is Broad St. were the kind of street you wanted to walk on
  • how do we narrow that street, slow down the cars
  • infrastructure that will lead people to want to be part of Broad St.
  • now the further you get away from Broad St the calmer it becomes
  • will take a while to do
  • need master plan
  • then show momentum every year
  • a block or two a year, etc, — whatever you can
  • underutilized asset — beautiful churches, houses, etc.
  • you don’t feel them when you are walking around
  • definitely a priority going forward

2 thoughts on “From the April 7 Reynolds Town Hall: Broad Street

  1. Broad St was widened in the 1920’s to accommodate two trolley tracks and allow vehicles to travel with mjnjmal traffic headaches from Bethlehem to Allentown. Mr Shimer, the land owner at the time, basically planned west Bethlehem. He was the one who fought with Borough Hall to widen the road.
    The idea to make Broad Street narrower is not a very good fiscal idea at all.

  2. A response to Jim…

    Unless we plan on adding the tracks back in, it makes sense to narrow the road. Less non impervious grounds is a better thing. Narrowing the road can alter its usage to be more pedestrian and bike friendly, decrease traffic speed and reduce large truck usage. Also, it can reduce the costs of road and asphalt maintenance. Many options here.

    Adding green spaces, a dedicated pedestrian lane etc…

    Those are all good things in the most residential area of the city.

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