Letter to the editor: Questions for city

To the editor:

Why is this city intent on spending so much on Queens Road? There are only three houses on one side of Queens Road; the road as-is is fine. The new apartments/homes gain nothing by a wider Queens Road. Without the expansion of Queens Road, the city won’t get additional taxes from property owners. The developer/city should have tackled the street issue prior to building.

Why is this city asking homeowners to pay for maintenance of sidewalks when others use them? If the City routinely maintained sidewalks, curbs, gutters and water drainage, there would be fewer problems.

Why is this city continually spending money on “traffic calming” with bicycle lanes/boulevards and roundabouts instead of maintaining existing streets and sidewalks? Many neighborhoods have few sidewalks/curbs, ineffective lighting, improper drainage, and lots of potholes/washboard surfaces that rattle teeth and ruin cars. Most streets are poorly maintained; bicyclists are rare.

Why is this city spending so much on two tunnels under Iowa Street –with a nearby bridge over Iowa Street that few use? When does anyone cross Iowa Street except at stoplights? How many bicyclists are on the streets in frigid, icy, snowy, stormy, rainy, sweltering weather?

Do bicyclists want to ride in Lawrence on congested streets such as Massachusetts Street? What is the enticement for bicyclists other than work or school? Take a survey of residents on this city’s unnecessary spending. Everyone benefits from having a well-maintained infrastructure; few benefit from bicycle boulevards/lanes.

Leslie Mills,



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