I went to the one at the Kaufman center today. There was some high level presenting and a ton of proposals with scores assigned by some internal criteria, models, and… well human beings.
They were looking for sanity checks on the scores since not all things scored might be accounting for things we know from experience.
There really wasn’t time to go through a lot of them and I lacked a window of insight into conditions outside my bike commuting corridor.
I did meet the rockalley.org guy, who had a lot to say about the same and improving the connection from downtown to Oakland is considered a “very high priority” by everyone there.
The biking coordinator had been following the conversation thread: bike-advocacy-with-a-view-toward-cost-of-improvements. He encouraged not just incremental, but also larger “vision” type stuff, but was careful not to say too much.
But one of the overarching threads was, here’s the budget we think we have now, we’d like to have more, we might reach for more in ways X,Y,Z, and you never do know when more might be possible than you envisioned… money will flow to the best projects.
So, sounds like good stuff, vague, but good. We’ll see what can actually get done here in the 5 year window they’re talking about. Now, apparently to stay maximally on top of this stuff, the best way is facebook. So blast it, may have to do that after all. Sigh.
I made it to the East Liberty meeting last night. Well worth attending. I only wish I had thought to video the presentation, as I had my GoPro with me and had a good seat.
Yes, do get to these, and see what is being looked at. They’ve put some effort into research of projects and project proposals, with an eye toward an objective rating system, as well as potential funding. In other words, if we had X much time and Y much money, what should we do first? What would be of the most benefit? Lots of opportunity to interact.
I was at the Hill District presentation yesterday. And tonight I’ll see the one at South Side. The plans are vague, but the point is: we are developing the first-ever comprehensive plan for the city. Transportation plan (MOVEPGH) is but one of 12 components. Before this, there really was no plan, just those written by the automobile industry…
byogman, re; “But one of the overarching threads was, here’s the budget we think we have now, we’d like to have more, we might reach for more in ways X,Y,Z,…” see my last post in the “…cost of improvements…” thread.