I keep reading where anonymous people claim that the only reason Transmountain is being "widened" (that doesn't really cover all that is going to happen) is because rich developers stand to gain so much money from the project. I read these claims, but don't hear them - why? Because they are total bullshit and nobody is going to get in front of a camera and tell what they know to be lies. Too bad some people believe more of what they read below the word "comments" than above.
Here's the real deal - the whole project actually strips land owners ("developers" as you greenazis like to call them) of profit. Here's the kicker - they volunteered to give away their land even though it meant profit going out the door. They did this through a change in zoning that they could have fought. Land owners along Transmoutain could have made the state pay them millions for their land that abuts the roadway. Instead, they all volunteered to give away their land.
The fact is they will develop that land along Transmoutain with, or without a freeway. If the freeway isn't built, it's better for the developers. They can have more "street cuts" to their commercial sites. This means they can stack exits and entrances back to back to back to back to back to back all the way up that damn road if they want. Retailers LOVE THIS! It means that passers-by have to slow down and while they're slowing down they are checking out the shopping centers. Any roadside retailer will tell you that "speed kills - your business." They'd rather you walk by against a stiff wind while dragging a lead weight than drive by at 90 MPH where you might miss their signs because you're going to fast.
The bottom line - this doesn't necessarily increase or decrease traffic. What it does do is safely and conveniently move the traffic currently using the road back and forth over the mountain. Project or no project, the land will be developed. The new plan with all the bike paths and huge setbacks make for a much nicer environment.
As for the entrance to Tom Mays park - GIVE ME A BREAK! None of you loud-mouthed greenazis have said a word about the entrance to Tom Mays park since 1968, but all of a sudden it's going to be a huge problem? People right now are whizzing by that turn lane at 80 and 90 MPH and it doesn't bother you one bit today. Why should it bother you in the future?
Bottom line (again... we've got lots of "bottom lines" which confuses people on which one is truly the "bottom" - "bottom line" is a lazy man's way of wrapping up his thoughts and you can tell I'm being ultra lazy today... don't get into this bad habit when writing. Also, try to avoid huge breaks in the flow of your writing using parenthesis.) - this is a mobility issue. The land owners gave up an ideal situation for themselves in order to create an ideal situation for you. A "thank you" is in order. I suggest you send them a card soon. After all, they've put their money where their mouth is so that we can be a better city.
If you're not growing, you're dying. And if you're dying, nobody is going to want anything to do with you. Move up or move on. I'm sure there's a community somewhere with little or no aspirations to be great that will accept your anti-progress views with open arms. Want to live in a cave? Follow a bat and leave us that don't alone.
Indignant responses to my micro-imperialistic views on life in El Paso go below. Be sure to take some shots at my mom while you're at it. God knows it's her fault you can't stop reading this blog. How come you guys always take shots at me for working for my mom and not my dad? Is it somehow more sociably acceptable to work for your dad instead of your mom? Are you a sexist because you fail to poke fun at my employment under my father? Rember that the next time you mention my mom - you're setting the cause of women back decades.