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Citizens Organized for Reasonable Routes Enhancing Community Traffic & Safety non-non-partisan, nonprofit, member-supported public interest organization that promotes Traffic and Safety issues by influencing public policy decisions: legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral. A community organization dedicated to providing a central place to review Park Ridge Traffic and Safety issues with its citizens and their elected Representatives and City's management. To practice and promote the responsible use of our roads, traffic systems and resources. To educate and enlist citizens to protect and restore the quality of our auto and pedestrian traffic as one of our cherished human environments in Park Ridge. CORRECTS - Citizens Organized for Reasonable Routes Enhancing Community Traffic & Safety believes that citizen's pedestrian safety, auto safety and reasonable routes comes first in city traffic. That before adding a traffic signal or traffic signals which generates slow traffic, bumper-to-bumper traffic, traffic gridlock, traffic complaints, traffic crashes, traffic signs, traffic bottleneck, automobile traffic, traffic congestion, rush hour traffic, bumper to bumper traffic, traffic congestion, rush hour traffic and automobile traffic, that a Park Ridge Alderman and/or Park Ridge Aldermen, should require a traffic study to avoid this auto traffic scenario in Park Ridge, Illinois. Only reasonable auto traffic should be permitted to provide reasonable routes with traffic safety and avoid traffic accidents, traffic injuries, pedestrian injuries, auto accidents, traffic problems, which will also decrease pedestrian traffic in Park Ridge and thus negatively affect retail sales and our quality of life. We encourage Park Ridge citizens to register and for all voters to vote only for a Park Ridge Alderman / Park Ridge Aldermen Park Ridge Mayor that promises to ensure Reasonable Routes and City Traffic Safety. Today’s Park Ridge City Policy of waiting for citizens to first be injured, maimed and dead, while creating a serious crisis of traffic congestion, in traffic routes and hurting existing retail businesses, is unacceptable. CORRECTS holds itself out as an Open Forum to provide an opportunity for citizens and organizations to inform the public of events, issues or projects. This will allow you to report anything you wish to see addressed or answered regarding traffic anywhere in Park Ridge. Your input on this issue if vital to all of us. Please review and advise us of what you think of the concepts and what you prefer. We need your input to inform and advise. Check out our Park Ridge Traffic and Safety series of forums and speak out.

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As of January 25, 2005

Subject: New (sub)Urbanism

"Giving more people more choices about where and how they want to live"
If this is what Park Ridge should become, are we?

PARKING

  • Parking is concentrated alongside curbs, in lots behind shops, and in garages off rear alleys.

  • Parking behind, rather than in front of, shops allows buildings to be at or near the sidewalk’s edge—more welcoming and pedestrian friendly than a store in a sea of asphalt.

  • Placing garages and driveways behind houses allows the houses to be brought closer to the sidewalk, enlarging backyards and adding interest and a feeling of enclosure to the street—a feeling that new urbanists believe adds to a walker’s sense of comfort.

  • On-street parking insulates pedestrians from traffic, encourages street life by requiring drivers to walk the final steps to their destination, and lessens the need for parking lots and garages.

 STREET PLAN
 

  • An interconnected street network distributes traffic evenly and makes walking easy by offering direct routes between points.

  • Connected streets ease traffic by providing drivers with alternate routes.

  • With many alternate routes, streets can be narrower, making them safer to cross and less land intensive.

  • Sharp street corners, narrow streets, and frequent intersections naturally induce drivers to go more slowly and be more alert.

  • Each street follows one general direction—north-south for example—allowing for easier navigation and better orientation.

 SHOPS, CIVIC BUILDINGS, WORKPLACES

  • Mixed-use zoning allows for shops, restaurants, offices, and homes all to be within walking distance of each other—or even in the same building.

  • With most of life’s necessities within walking distance, fewer car trips are made, easing pollution and encouraging community interaction.

  • The young and the very old—those carless millions—enjoy a measure of independence, bicycling to the soccer field, say, or walking to the movies.

  • Allowing for apartments and offices above stores provides patronage for the shops, living space for lower-income residents, and activity for the sidewalk—and a busy sidewalk is generally a safer sidewalk.

RESIDENTIAL DISTRIBUTION

  • Different housing types—apartments, row houses, detached homes—occupy the same neighborhood, sometimes the same block.

  • People of different income levels mingle and may come to better understand each other.

  • A family can “move up” without moving away—say, from a row house to a single-family home.

  • Property values don’t necessarily suffer when housing types are mixed. New-urbanist neighborhoods are generally outselling neighboring subdivisions, and some of the United States’ most expensive older neighborhoods—Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown, Boston’s Beacon Hill, for example—are marvels of mixed housing.

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