Posted: 6/8/2022 10:39:14 AM

Modified: 6/8/2022 10:37:05 AM

Robert T. Baker life in Concord. The pursuing is a letter he sent to the mayor and city council associates.

About much more than a 10 years, I have lived on the West Aspect of Concord in Wards 3, 5 and now 7. At this time my home is on Carter Avenue.

What I think about the Auburn Avenue Path may perhaps be identified by you and some others as the route for Langley Parkway Stage 3 (CIP40). All through my tenure in Harmony, CIP40 has been threatening to destroy both equally the path and the liveability of the West Facet of Concord. Some of you may well realize that I lived on Penacook Road around the Boys & Ladies Club in Ward 3. As a household proprietor then I felt threatened by the probability of the CIP40 parkway destroying our neighborhood. Collectively with some others in the neighborhood we labored to oppose the growth of the parkway and the good thing is it has not been crafted … however.

As a transportation bike owner, I generally vacation the west aspect of Harmony and stay away from the east facet. The threats to my transportation life-style are considerable east of the Merrimack River and navigating auto tradition on a bicycle is often challenging, nerve-racking and hazardous. Above the years I have frequently relished the Auburn Avenue Path in all seasons as a respite that is unmatched in its accessibility. Bow Creek transects the trail and gives tranquil basic safety away from the threats of car or truck lifestyle aiding to renew my spirit and soul.

Traveling on Langley Parkway South is not pleasurable whereas touring on the Auburn Avenue Path delivers a respite. Bow Creek tranquility would be shed permanently and likely be replaced with some thing akin to the horribly unsightly and shade-considerably less Langley Parkway South (period 2 of the venture).

As pointed out in the June 6 hearing prior to Finance Committee this is not a scenario of Hen Small, but in truth a wolf in sheep’s clothing as described by Jamie Henn in the Concord Observe Belief section on June 7. At the Finance Committee listening to, the Harmony Greenspace Coalition has developed sensible and persuasive arguments for why CIP40 should be taken out from the city finances. Maybe if my advocacy experienced been as considerate and persuasive we would presently have extra bicycle and pedestrian friendly infrastructure within just Harmony.

I applaud the operate of the Harmony Greenspace Coalition, stand with them and question that you look at this the ideal phase now to take away CIP40 from the funds approach. You should take a stand with us for a minimal fewer motor vehicle society, more greenspace and a extra livable and attractive group by getting rid of CIP40 now.


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