Students crossing the street and the constant flow of traffic is not a good combination. Students were having to dodge traffic, while carrying books and bags.
I believe if Third Street isn’t closed soon, something terrible could happen. That area is not conducive to campus foot-traffic. Students are walking and talking with friends, and traffic is moving fast through the area, and that just makes for an extremely dangerous situation.
Since I believe it is a foregone conclusion that the street will be closed eventually, maybe we should move the decision up.
I agree with remarks made by Planning Commission member Kerry Keating at the meeting in which the city called for more traffic studies. Keating said the city has a history of going against progress, and he called for a quick resolution to the request by the university.
I think it is important that we accommodate the university as it grows. It may mean changes in traffic situations, houses replaced by classrooms and laboratories, and even some changes in community attitudes, but it is the one place in the city that is bringing progress, and we need to nurture it along.
The closing of Third Street would eliminate a possible danger, and allow for some other infrastructure changes to be made by the university.
Shawnee State University is a progressive institution and we need to be a progressive community to match their goals.
Lets close Third Street now before there is an accident involving our most precious commodity, the student.
Frank Lewis may be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.