[tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk construction for Nova2010

  • From: "Darla J. Rogers" <djrogers0628@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 16:51:45 -0500

Dear Barbara,

I think Ron and Mr. Menendez understand not just blind people will benefit from 
more sidewalks and repairs, so again, I hope grant monies may be found to 
assist the city in its efforts.

Darla & Precious Roxy

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Barbara Lineberry 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 3:16 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk construction 
for Nova2010

  Just a note from a sighted member of this group.  It's not just the blind 
that have obstacles to their freedom.  I'm severely orthopedically challenged 
and can't go to many of the places around town due to obstacles and poor 
balance.  It's been this way all of my life, but is getting much worse as I get 
older.  I'm at peace with the problem for the most part but I'm only speaking 
for myself.  Yes, sidewalks would be a wonderful addition and even I can 
appreciate the audible signals.  Thank heavens I can drive with hand controls, 
but not always, as have torn rotator cuffs and don't always have the strength 
to turn the wheel.  I'm well aware of being frustrated at some situations.  I'm 
one who believes things are finally accomplished when someone in power or who 
is famous develops a disability which then gets a lot of publicity and forces 
the "temporarily able" to make changes.  And there are sidewalks in several 
places that are in disrepair with cracks and other problems and those places 
will probably be listed as with sidewalks even though they are more dangerous.  
And to Sila and Darla, even though I haven't made a formal check, I'm pretty 
sure that Kerry Forest has sidewalks, at least on one side and maybe both.

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Charles Atkins 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 11:34 PM
    Subject: [tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk construction 
for Nova2010

    But who need, what group need sidewalks more than the blind, and, why is it 
that no one can see that as a priority?  I know they're building them and we're 
not, but, we're not, because, they won't allow us such a privilege or even such 
an education but, I bet there are those of us that could figure it out and 
probably with a little help from our friends, do a whale of a job helping with 
installing them!

    They are not trying to keep us off the street.  They are not trying to 
maintain that we not compete the same as everyone else for the jobs,.  They are 
not trying to indicate that making sidewalks and and city travel more city 
friendly for the blind might be inviting too many ways for some to be injured.  
They know that for the most part, we're all very safe drivers in maneuvering 
our courses, and yet, for some strange reason, they haven't fixed it up for us 
yet!  Even, in the state's capitalCity!  There is something, terribly, wrong 
with this picture!

    It seems like The makers of Automobiles will have: self driving ones before 
we lay our grounds to receive them!

    We have gone more than a tenth the way through, yet, another century, and 
still, we're on the outside looking in?

    Everybody in the world is getting freedom and ripping and running around at 
will but us blind folk William!

    That's not fair!

    Some time we wana tare out and run too!  Don't we?

    Somehow, things can be better we know!  Right William?

    Take it on to them like it is my friend!

    Time waits for noone or, anything!

    Tell them just like it i s is! Brother!

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: blindwilly 
      To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 7:57 PM
      Subject: [tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk 
construction for Nova2010


      I am on your side buddy, but there is never going to be enough money.   
We have a few million to work on high priority sidewalks now and perhaps when 
we have finished them, we will get another grant to continue, but even then 
there will be priorities.

      It's like the pharmacy add says, this is not a perfect world.   I wish it 
were, and I am batting it out my friend so keep in there with the cause and we 
will all get there in the end.


        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Charles Atkins 
        To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 9:20 PM
        Subject: [tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk 
construction for Nova2010

        Even with the remotest possibility of their, possibly, not finding a 
sidewalk at a bus stop, stifles any notion they might have to just be creative 
and venture out for the sake of just being a happier person and feeling more 
independent as a blind person!  Does anyone else feel almost like I do?

        It would be fun to just get up and go, but, the fact of one realizing 
the sidewalk project is millions of dollars short, impedes any such liberty for 
the cane travelers.  

        Is there anything we cane travelers can do to help them come up with 
the rest of the money that's needed to complete the project?

        What a wonderful city it would be if we could just go a head on and be 
guaranteed that no matter where we go we won't be bothered with such a scenario 
as our not finding along the way, the sidewalk once we got to where they're 
missing or hadn't been installed to allow us to just enjoy our trip!

        Otherwise, it's just just a hendrance!

          ----- Original Message ----- 
          From: Chip Orange 
          To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
          Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 4:36 PM
          Subject: [tabi] article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk 
construction for Nova2010

          Sidewalk construction for Nova2010 continues but 'woefully' short
          By TaMaryn Waters

          Being blind is a way of life for Bruce Weaver, and so is riding the 
          Weaver, 48, who's been blind for 25 years as a result of a hereditary 
disease, rides
          a bus five to six times a day since he's the independent-living 
coordinator for Ability
          1st. His job is to teach those with disabilities how to use 
StarMetro's buses as
          well as he does.
          With StarMetro's new Nova2010 bus system slated to launch this 
summer, city crews
          are tackling the tough job of correcting safety issues with sidewalks 
and building
          new ones in areas where no sidewalk exists so people like Weaver can 
get better access
          to bus stops.
          "Without sidewalks, my level of independence would be significantly 
hampered," said
          Weaver, who also serves on the city's Transit Advisory Committee.
          Even though he's pleased to see more sidewalks in the works, Weaver 
is disappointed
          all of the sidewalks needed for the massive decentralized bus system 
will not be
          done anytime soon. The city has $15 million carved out of its budget 
for sidewalk
          improvements related to Nova2010. But there's $37 million worth of 
need, which is
          roughly 25 miles of sidewalks, said Gabriel Menendez, the city's 
public works director.
          As a result, the city has to prioritize which sidewalks get done. 
Forty one segments
          in varied lengths, equal to $8 million of construction costs, are on 
land where the
          city has right-of-way. But 30 other segments needed for Nova2010 are 
not owned by
          the city. Menendez said it would cost an estimated $29 million obtain 
the needed
          "We are going to be woefully short on sidewalks," Menendez said. "We 
are doing everything
          we can to make the process work."
          It is also why we can travelers can't make more abundant use of the 
chirping signals they have been installing!

          It is fool's play to go out and chance it though, i'm sure many of us 
often, would like to give it a shot from time to time.

          That shot couldor could not work in random instances!

          When will this constant threat to our lives end man?

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