The East Falls Community Council held a public meeting with the East Falls Development Corporation and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s design team on the evening of August 10, 2009 for an open conversation about a conceptual design proposal for integrated streetscape improvements and stormwater management along Midvale Avenue from Ridge to Warden Drive.
Overall the public’s comments were positive. The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded by clicking here. Comments were recorded according to 3 segments of the design and are recorded below. We invite you to share your comments as well by posting to this blog.
Section 1 – Conrad Street to SEPTA station
*Why width of green way? By amount of H2O to store or other considerations – width of cartway calms traffic.
*Concern: parking - do not remove need to count spots
*NW cities may be ahead of us. Would design accommodate future land use on commercial side?
*SEPTA steps that lead down to Midvale – address this issue
*Pedestrian crossings – how to get across
*Maintenance a critical issue
*Look into porous pavement
*Bikes sharing vehicle lane – should not go above 20 mph
*Larger study area needed
*Congested intersection at Conrad & Midvale needs turning lanes
*Bikes pick up speed going down on coastway – should be segregated in both directions
Section 2: St Bridget’s to Business District
Section 3: Business District
*Doesn’t like angle parking: back up hill not good
*Where are all utility poles – same location
*Frederick Street Narrow
*Angle back in parking works well in other cities