response to Chestnut Drive problems

Brent Finnegan -- March 27th, 2007

There are a handful of local blogs that have fewer readers than they should (the rest probably have to many). JMU ISAT senior Corbin’s blog is one of the former (even though he doesn’t seem to respond to comments).

His response to today’s DNR article about speeding and parking on Chestnut Drive behind the old HHS is worth reading. He cites too many JMU parking permits, failure of students to use the buses, and JMU’s off-campus expansion as sources of the problem.

7 Responses to “response to Chestnut Drive problems”

  1. David says:

    First: Is anyone surprised that turning a High School into a JMU facility could create traffic woes for the surrounding neighborhoods? Second: This traffic issue has been going on since the early 1990’s when the High School remodeled and added a ton of parking for students, the residents had a fit then too. As I see it; the residential areas that surround the facility will always have problems, perhaps proper management using a well thought out long term plan prepared in conjunction with JMU, Harrisonburg City officials and interested residents should be the answer instead of letters to the editor!

  2. Frank Witt says:

    Why not populate downtown? I was in Luigi’s last night for dinner and noticed that SO much of the second, third, fourth floors of the surrounding buildings are empty. Can’t JMU put them to use as well. It would help downtown even more.

  3. David says:

    What buildings are you noticing that the second, third and fourth floors are empty?

  4. Frank Witt says:

    the floors above where polly’s used to be, erth and tea cafe and the whole block looks empty upstairs

  5. David says:

    I understand that your perception is that those buildings look empty, but they are in fact full. This is why I found your comment odd. There is actually very little sitting empty downtown anymore, should have seen it 5 years ago!

  6. Frank Witt says:

    What, are you trying to tell me that there actually IS something in those buildings? Looks awfully empty to me and BArb but HEY, you know better than I do.

    We are only down here for 4 years so…thanks for the update

  7. Thanh says:

    I posted this comment on Corbin’s blog and just thought that maybe people reading hburgnews would also be interested in knowing the following information:

    “I think that your thoughts are very good. I also think that you should share them with some people at JMU and at the City who might be able to do something about it.

    I’m not sure if you area aware but there is a group of faculty, staff, students, City staff and some City citizens who are working together to assess and make the JMU campus more sustainable. The group is called “The Sustainable Campus Working Group” and its co-chaired by Towana Moore (Facilities Mgmt) and Dr. Maria Papadakis (ISAT Prof). Although they’re only in the assessment stage, they’re doing some really great work with subgroups examining air quality, water usage/runoff, transportation, energy, building & renovation, food services, waste mgmt/recycling, and landscaping.

    Anyway, my point is that you should contact the group, particularly the Transportation Group who’s facilitator is Dr. Papadakis. Just share with them your ideas or ask to join the group. Also, the City has a Transportation Planner, Donovan Branche. She was the one who has been working with residents in that area and JMU, and who also gave the presentation to City Council on the situation. Hope that helps.”

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