In response to the hundreds of Roosevelt neighbors who spoke out at the public meeting on May 14th, and protested on May 28th, city staff has changed their recommendation to council. Instead of blocking off the entire length of Alabama, they just want to install the c-curb on half of it. Here is where the c-curb would be placed in their original proposal:
Here is what they are now recommending to the City Council:
For more details, check out the full write up of the staff recommendation here. In their recommendation, city staff dismisses Roosevelt neighborhood complaints as “not addressing the root of the problem.” Staff reduces their objections as “residents whose access from Alabama Street would be negatively affected by left-turn restrictions” and makes no mention of the repeated call by the neighborhood for reduced speeds on Alabama and the dangers of the c-curb pushing traffic onto the parallel streets like E. North, and E. Maryland.
You can bypass the staff’s characterizations altogether and hear neighbors objections directly thanks to the hard work of Olivia Tokola with Center for New Media. They filmed interviews with the c-curb protesters into a short piece available here:
Come to the Bellingham City Council meeting, June 9th at 7 p.m. and speak out about this issue with your thoughts and perspective.