I live in Memphis. Have all my life.
Right on Madison Ave too.
I am not talking about the people asking questions nor was I talking about everyone who has commented on this page. I am talking about the people who are suggesting boycotting businesses because they are worried about the lanes hurting their business (although I believe lanes will not hurt their business) being childish. Did I once say that people asking questions was childish? No. I did not even touch the subject of parking at all, I did not even say anything about Valenza Pasta or the laundry mat. You are taking what I said and applying it to things I was not even touching the topic of. I am not saying anything about people shopping where they want to shop, I was simply stating that telling other people to boycot businesses does not help anything. You obviously really did not read much of what I wrote. There is compromise to be made, the city has several different options for this proposal. I don't know how many times that has been stated in this thread by people.
And to your statement about the businesses on the stretch of Madison giving people no reason to come or come back to Memphis... I know many people who make a 2 hour car trip to Memphis specifically to come and eat bar-b-q. BarBQ Shop being one of the places they like to venture to.
I love how everything becomes this huge debate where one side speaks, and the other automatically becomes so defensive and condemning. What is happening is both sides are looking at what they feel is best for them, which we all do, no big deal, but that won't help with any sort of progress. Which is why there is this word called compromise. You work together to figure out options that will help out both sides. Personally, I am for bike lanes, but to sit here and see all the people who are just bashing and argueing seriously saddens me. How is boycotting businesses that help with growth by bringing in revenue, providing jobs and giving people a reason to want to come to and return to Memphis going to help anything? It won't help. It is just a childish and ignorant response because you feel threatened that you may not get your way. People and businesses are allowed to be opposed to things. It's America, we have the freedom to express ourselves and think for ourselves. Oh well if it doesn't agree with your stance? No reason to argue and bicker over it.
If everyone boycots all of these businesses and they go under, then where will cyclist bike to? Would it not be more dangerous for a neighborhood to have empty buildings just begging to be broken in to and squatted in?
You can't blame the businesses because drivers in Memphis are so unsafe. That is on all of us, we are all guilty of it. The problem with Memphis is not just businesses, the lack of safe travel for cyclists and pedestrians, but also many of the people of Memphis who speed, cut other drivers off, do not pay attention to other people who may be on the road, so on and so forth..... even sometimes the cyclists. I have been driving down the road and had a cyclist just ride right out in front of my car while I was going through a green light causing me to swerve and hit another car. It is everyone.
There has to be a compromise made to provide safe options and the people of Memphis have to take their own steps in making their neighborhoods safer.
By Leonard Gill
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