While the media plays with Clintonville residents' feelings about changes to the intersection at North Broadway and High, the real story remains unexamined.

While the media plays with Clintonville residents' feelings about changes to the intersection at North Broadway and High, the real story remains unexamined.

Numerous reporters would be hard pressed to find anyone in the North Broadway/south Clintonville area who does not believe that there are traffic and pedestrian issues in this densely populated urban area.

Perhaps it is easier to interview a handful of agitated residents then to conduct an actual investigation into how the city allowed this situation to get so out of control to begin with. The Clintonville Area Commission's lack of analysis, planning and ability to articulate this issue is nothing short of breathtaking.

The residents of North Broadway have been asking for intervention from city officials for several months to ensure that any decision that is made is based on meaningful, substantive and empirical data. After months of turmoil in the neighborhood, Mayor Coleman was forced to step in and call a "time out."

We thank Mayor Coleman for his willingness to intervene in what should have remained a neighborhood issue. Those who failed to plan and manage this process should be ashamed that the mayor has had to tell them to go back and do their jobs.

Residents of North Broadway are thrilled that the mayor is sending officials with the stature of (Department of Development Director) Boyce Safford and (Department of Public Service Director) Mark Kelsey to discuss this issue with us. If only our own local area commission had behaved so respectfully the community might be working together to solve a problem that affects us all.

Carole Tomko
North Broadway Street Association