Draft LPlan 2040 & LRTP Comment Board

The City of Lincoln reserves the right to refuse to publish and to edit comments for clarity and brevity.

Received November 28, 2011 from comment box (name not given)

I do not understand the recommended changes to the July 8, 2011 Draft Plan 2040. I need for someone to talk this out to me. I am sure that there are others.

Received October 12, 2011 via mail from Lincoln/Lancaster County Board of Health

Letter from Lincoln/Lancaster County Board of Health

Received October 10, 2011 via mail from Jim and Jo McGurk

Letter from Jim and Jo McGurk

Received October 5, 2011 via comment board from Jerrod Bley

It is my opinion that the LPlan2040 should look more thoroughly at scenario analysis in regards to the possible negative impacts on certain habitats (i.e. Saline Wetlands) if urban development is not carried out in the manner prescribed by the Plan. In other words worst case scenarios could be analyzed and models developed to illustrate such results of growth.

Received September 28, 2011 via comment board from Adam Brown

After looking over the plan I was very glad to see the inclusion of the smaller towns around Lincoln when planning decisions are made in their jurisdiction. I think that is an important piece of the success of this plan.

Received September 28, 2011 via comment board from Allyson

I appreciate and like the general Plan. In comparison to some other plans, though, this one lacks in extraordinary environmental concern. There are more wildlife and plants to be considered besides just threatened and endangered species. The plan does, however, surpass expectations for other issues such as transportation. Overall well written.

Received September 28, 2011 via comment board from Carly Manijak

My suggestion is to clarify your monitoring of the guiding principles as well as goals and objectives to ensure readers these goals and objectives will be implemented and monitored for future development.

Received September 28, 2011 via comment board from Phil Luebbert

I would like to see in the plan, what organizations or agencies will be responsible for monitoring and implementing the policies in the plan.

Received September 28, 2011 via comment board from Dan Feuerbach

I am a Master's Student at UNL for planning. I have to say the plan looks good in it's goals but it's objectives aren't as tangible as I would like to see. I recently reviewed a county in California with a similar plan and they called for an agency dedicated to enforcing the plan. I think this would be a viable option for Lancaster County since it would allow for accountability with the plan's implementation, specifically in regards to conservation policy.

Received September 28, 2011 via comment board from Leisha Osterberg

I feel that the Salt Valley Greenway concept would be an excellent way to further connect Lincoln to surrounding communities.

Received September 8, 2011 via email from Willis Scofield

Re: Green space at 84th & Vandorn: I realize I missed the initial deadline for comments on this issue but I'm sure this will be an ongoing debate. I believe we should keep this area as green space. With plenty of dirt work/retaining walls etc it could be developed but there is plenty of strip malls, apartments etc on the west side of 84th. I do understand the need to prevent urban sprawl but I think having green space, trails etc for families to enjoy is more important.

The most recognizable part of New York City is Central Park. I'm sure there are folks that wanted to build there over the years but it could be the most important place in the city. I'm a Financial Planner as an occupation so I understand and encourage business development but things like parks/green space etc are what makes an enjoyable community to live in. Thanks for your time.

Received September 7, 2011 via mail from Richard Schmeling

Email from Richard Schmeling

Received September 6, 2011 via comment box from People's City Mission (name not given)

You are doing a great job! Just wished you people would move faster with improving transportation in City.

Received August 28, 2011 via email from Mike Carlin and Dick Esseks

Email from Mike Carlin

Email from Dick Esseks in response to Mike Carlin's email

Received August 24, 2011 via email from Mary Reeves

I would like you to support the South neighborhood changes in the plan. They are important to the quality of life of all neighborhoods, especially the older neighborhoods.

Received August 24, 2011 via email from Bob Reeves

I just want to be sure that the Comprehensive Plan still includes neighborhood swimming pools, preferably within walking distance of children, throughout the city. I think we could get by with fewer library branches, but we need to keep our neighborhood pools. They perform a vital function for young people and families throughout Lincoln.

Received August 24, 2011 via email from Karen Gagner

The Near South Neighborhood Association has proposed some recommendations to the Comprehensive Plan that you are drafting. I support these proposed changes exactly the way the Association has sent to you.

Received August 24, 2011 via email from Christina Bavougian

Thank you for your work toward making Lincoln a stronger, healthier and more sustainable community.

Please consider the Near South Neighborhood Association's proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan, ESPECIALLY:

1. The neighborhood pools being evaulated for replacement with spraygrounds. Spraygrounds are wonderful and I would love for our city to have more of them--but they can't provide the same community programs and safety training that pools do. The neighborhood pools are so important to quality of life and are part of what makes Lincoln such a great place to live.

2. I feel it would be more appropriate to call for an additional 4,000 dwelling units in the Greater Downtown area instead of 3,000 in greater downtown and 1,000 in existing residential neighborhoods.

3. The section listing developers' opinions on "Obstacles to Redevelopment" in older neighborhoods should be removed.

Again, thank you for your consideration and for all that you do to help our community.

Received August 24, 2011 via email from Wil & Sarah Hass

Just want you to know my wife and I (1801 Sewell St.) support the changes to the Plan that have been proposed by the Near South group. There is no need to list developers' objections to neighborhood associations unless you also list neighborhood associations' objections to some actions of developers---neither is relevant in a plan for our city's development, which should reflect positive goals. We have noticed the positive role of our Irvingdale swimming pool in our neighborhood, and do not believe it could ever be replaced by a spraying area. The issue of residential density should not be handled by fiat, but should reflect the history and character of each neighborhood---one of our neighbors, who lives in a row of duplexes down our block stopped by the other day to say how much they enjoyed having our old (1888) home near them, "setting the style" for the area. Let's plan for what makes sense in a given case, not make statements and rules that destroy the Lincoln that residents love.

Received August 24, 2011 via email from Jeff Johnson

I support the proposed changes to the Near South neighborhood plan as detailed below:

#1) The draft plan currently contains a section listing the opinions of developers on "Obstacles to Redevelopment" in older neighborhoods. They represent a single-sided negative opinion about the value and legitimacy of neighbors and neighborhood associations and have no place in a comprehensive plan designed to represent the vision of the entire community. This section must be removed.

#2) The plan calls for an increase in density in existing neighborhoods of 1,000 dwelling units. While some additional units may be created in older neighborhoods, calling for 1,000 creates an unnecessary pressure.

The proposed change moves those 1,000 units to the Greater Downtown area.

#3) The plan currently says that five neighborhood pools (Air Park, Ballard, Belmont, Eden, and Irvingdale) should be evaluated for replacement with spraygrounds. Neighborhood pools are a significant asset to neighborhood quality of life and should be maintained and enhanced. Pools offer programming that a sprayground alone cannot: swim safety training, recreation for older kids and adults, and team practice. The proposed change removes the language calling for replacement with spraygrounds.

Received August 24, 2011 via email from Jim Cook

I was disappointed to see the recommended reduction in the sidewalk rehab fund from $1M to $.5M and encourage the Planning Commission to reject that change. As the previous draft of the plan noted, sidewalk rehab has been "well" underfunded to date. Contrary to the suggested change, I believe the word "well" should be retained in the plan and the funding level should be maintained at least at $1M.

Received August 24, 2011 via email from Julia Larson

I support the Near South Neighborhood Assn changes to the plan.

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Karl Reinhard

I am writing to support the proposed changes listed below by the Near South Neighborhood Association to the Comprehensive Plan.

#1) The draft plan currently contains a section listing the opinions of developers on "Obstacles to Redevelopment" in older neighborhoods. They represent a single-sided negative opinion about the value and legitimacy of neighbors and neighborhood associations and have no place in a comprehensive plan designed to represent the vision of the entire community. This section must be removed.

Specifically, I live in the Irvingdale Neighborhood. Our neighborhood association has facilitated development in our community. This section is prejudicial, not to mention insulting.

#2) The plan calls for an increase in density in existing neighborhoods of 1,000 dwelling units. While some additional units may be created in older neighborhoods, calling for 1,000 creates an unnecessary pressure. The proposed change moves those 1,000 units to the Greater Downtown area.

#3) The plan currently says that five neighborhood pools (Air Park, Ballard, Belmont, Eden, and Irvingdale) should be evaluated for replacement with spraygrounds. Neighborhood pools are a significant asset to neighborhood quality of life and should be maintained and enhanced. Pools offer programming that a sprayground alone cannot: swim safety training, recreation for older kids and adults, and team practice. The proposed change removes the language calling for replacement with spraygrounds. The spraygrounds are simply a bad idea. The Neighborhood Associations that use the Irvingdale pool; Irvingdale, Everett and Near South are on record in support of keeping Irvingdale pool open.

We stated the following to the City Council and Mayor's office with regard to Lincoln's pools in general and Irvingdale pool in specific:

"The 80% reduction of pool hours in 2011 over 2010 has been debilitating for many families. It is frustrating to see the Irvingdale Pool closed on sweltering evenings as the heat index extends above 100 degrees. Climate change increases our evening temperatures and increases the duration of heat waves. In this new climate reality, public pools are a necessity for public health. It is ironic that in 2010 the evening pool family hours were reduced by 80% just when the impact of higher temperatures and heat waves were felt.

Beyond a health necessity, the pools are also a social necessity. Socializing between neighborhoods strengthens the community as a whole. This is especially true of Irvingdale, Near South, and Everett. These neighborhoods increasingly represent distinct socioeconomic classes. As such, there is the threat that the neighborhood boundaries are becoming more than just lines on a map. The threat is that the lines represent socioeconomic barriers to cooperation between neighborhoods. This has been recognized by our three neighborhood associations. Our associations commenced joint meetings and activities in 2011 to overcome the socioeconomic barriers that are arising. We have discussed efforts between Irvingdale and Near South to support Prescott School development and street safety. Everett and Irvingdale have worked on joint neighborhood clean up and also on improvements to Rudge Park and Stransky Park. Irvingdale Park serves as the main attraction to our neighborhoods by virtue of its pool. The Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff have perennially maintained Irvingdale park and pool in wonderful condition. The aforementioned neighborhoods have come to rely on the Irvingdale Park and pool as the key recreation area in our immediate area. If our pool is closed, it will be a negative development for the surrounding neighborhoods and put an increasing burden on our neighborhood associations to find activities for our children in summer."

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Richard Bagby

I support the Comp Plan changes outlined and supported by the Near South Neighborhood Association.

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Don Pinkley

Please support the Near South Neighborhood proposed changes to the comprehensive plan. These are very sensible strategies for a strong community and suppressing increased crime.

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Pat Bracken

Please note that I support and encourage the Planning Commission to approve the recommendations proposed by the Near South Neighborhood Association. I live in the Irvingdale area and share the concerns for the longterm preservation and vitalization of older Lincoln neighborhoods.

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Alison Stewart

I urge you to support the Near South Neighborhood Association's proposed changes to the comprehensive plan, for the removal of "Obstacles to Redevelopment", increasing density, and changing Irvingdale pool to a sprayground.

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Teri Hlava

Please accept this as input for the Sept 7, 2011 public hearing.I am concerned about some proposed plans and feel that while these might be of interest to some, they are misguided. My experience and knowledge says, "Listen to your neighborhoods. Definitely do NOT intentionally try to increase the density as this will only mimic the scientific observations consistently apparent when (rats) become crowded and more "massive". .. crime and stress increasing, space perceived as lacking, etc. Finally, spray grounds could be beneficial for children, but not to replace city pools that provide more physical exercise and develop life skills of knowing how to swim and learn life-saving, providing safe movement for body joints, and social interaction."

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Ryan Reinke

In my opinion, neighborhood pools are a draining cost which could be better utilized in other areas of the budget such as streets, lighting, police, fire and rescue, etc.

If kids need swim lessons, take them to the Y. Or increase the pool entrance fees to cover the full maintenance cost.This is a ridiculous expense which benefits very few people. Why should I pay an increase in taxes for properties in the Near South for the benefit of the Air Park or Belmont swimming pool!!!

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Sharon Johnson

I am in support of the following Near South Neighborhood Association proposed changes. As a resident of the Everett Neighborhood and active community volunteer, I share the need for careful planning and consideration of strategies to preserve Lincoln's core neighborhoods.

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Susan Melcher

I support the NSNA's proposed changes to the comprehensive plan. The plan, as currently written, does not benefit our neighborhood.

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Patte Newman

As a fellow member of the LPLAN committee, I would like to express my support for the attached comments of the Near South Comp Plan Committee to incorporate in the new plan.

As discussed at several meetings of the LPLAN committee I would also like to see an appendix listing of various task forces and/or committees that have met over the past 15 or 20 years to study, discuss and recommend sustainable planning in Lincoln/Lancaster County. This community stresses citizen involvement and grassroots participation and many of these groups made valuable recommendations that should not be shelved. Names of the committees, years involved and a link to an executive summary should be included. Some of these (with many, many more) include:

- Congestion Management Task Force: 1995 - 1997

- Floodplain Task Force: 2001-2003

- Deadman's Run Watershed Study Committee

- Multi-Modal Task Force

- Stevens Creek Watershed Advisory Committee

- Transit Development Task Force

Thank you!

Received August 23, 2011 via email from Cathy Beecham

I am writing to ask you to please support the Comprehensive Plan changes proposed by the Near South Neighborhood Association. I believe the Comp Plan can be a great tool for helping Lincoln's neighborhoods (both old and new) thrive in the future. These changes will enhance the Plan's ability to do that.

Received August 17, 2011 from comment box at library (name not given):

Planners need to remember how vital a strong city library system is to the community at large, as well as to the individual neighborhoods each branch serves. Please support all our library branches, large and small. They are used on a daily basis, and are an important investment in our future.

Received August 18, 2011 via email from Barb Fraser, Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee:

Email from Barb Fraser

Reference Articles Submitted to Planning Commission on August 17, 2011 from Rick Krueger

"Potential Gas Committee Reports Substantial Increase in Magnitude of U.S. Natural Gas Resource Base"

"Seattle Green Jobs Program Falls Short of Goals"

Received August 17, 2011 via email from William Carver, Near South Neighborhood Association President:

Email from William Carver

Received August 17, 2011 from comment box at library (name not given):

If you're discussing transportation, I have something to say. I appreciate those who work for the city, but our public transportation in Lincoln is a joke. The bus systems are difficult to navigate, and they barely cover a skeleton of the city. Also, most citizens who ride it are low income, but the schedule is terrible. What about those who work 2nd or 3rd shifts? It's pretty much impossible to get around. Generally, those who are low income and need to ride the bus don't work 9 to 5 jobs. How are they supposed to get to and from work if they can't afford a car? I'd love to not own a vehicle, but because of my work schedule, there is no possible way for me to get to my job. It's all the way across town from where I live. With jobs as scarce as they are, people are willing to take one where they can. If our public transportation were better, they could actually get to where they need to go.

Received August 17, 2011 from comment box at library (name illegible):

I would like to see u fix my alleyway at 1010 D St because it good way to get a flat tire. (2) We need not to have fire work at all on July 4th. It keep me wake until 2 AM. (3) And u need to switch StarTran bus back to it normal number so where I do not get confused. Thanks.

Received August 17, 2011 from comment box at library (name not given):

The biggest complaint about Lincoln is the driving. The bypass is a must before the city gets any bigger. We have to get rid of the "small town" attitude and help the city grow.

Received August 17, 2011 from comment box at library (name not given):

I think that we need to increase the number of bus routes and change the system from one centered downtown to a grid system where you can get on a bus in the southwest corner of town and go to the northwest part of town or across town without having to make a downtown connection. In other words, have 70th or 84th, up to Superior and across to 10th and down. It could have a downtown stop. Another idea would be for routes that go around a quadrant of the city and connect to a route that goes around the center of Lincoln. I would use the bus to get more places if it didn't require so many connection waits.

I enjoy having the parks and libraries we have here in Lincoln. These are an important part of what makes it a good place to live. I think we ought to spend more on the items that everyone benefits from and less on things fewer people will be able to afford to use, like the arena. I don't think that most people in Lincoln will be able to afford events at the new arena after it is built. It adds to the cost of restaurants and delis and will add to the congestion downtown. My opinion is that the arena shouldn't be built and the money allotted for it should be used for libraries, parks and roads.

Received August 17, 2011 from comment box at library (name not given):

I believe Lincoln should grow west. That would support downtown and clean up the west side of Lincoln.

On August 16, 2011, Ruth Jensen wrote:

1. I don't know his name, but when StarTran used to hold their town hall meetings, a man claiming to be an attorney said Lincoln should have a "grid system". From what I recall, I think it was supposed to be like a trolley that would travel on a perimeter around Lincoln. This would possibly be a good idea for areas not covered by buses.

2. Some of the bike trails are treacherous to ride on at night because of trees and no lighting.

3. The "arena" should be built in another part of Lincoln, not downtown. We already have enough entertainment places downtown.

There seems to be a lot of vacant land north of 84 and Holdrege. About the Antelope Valley study. When you get to Lewis Ballpark, and past there, it used to be you could walk up to about 23 and N but now you can't because the trail is closed off or not well marked.

On August 16, 2011, Lyle Schmidt wrote:

Green Transportation Infrastructure for Lincoln and Nebraska's Future...

I want to thank you for the opportunity to present my vision of how to meet the future energy and transportation needs of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Lincoln is a great and growing city and has a population of 200,000 plus strong.. The Census Bureau records show that when a city hits this landmark, the population doubles in ten years. But a great city needs a great infrastructure. How do we handle this challenge? Let's journey into a future with a green, multi-tasking high speed monorail I call the Linc Rail.

My starting points for the green Linc Rail are 27th and Interstate 80 and 27th and Saltillo Road. This measuring stick is a good indicator of how far our City has grown and where we are going. Now that I have a diameter of approximately 15, I can draw a circular rotute. This circular route is where I propose to put the Linc Rail. Such a location will meet many of our current needs as well as laying the foundation for the future.

Like a subway, there would be an inbound and an outbound or in this case, a clockwise and a counter-clockwise track. Each stop would have two Personal Transport Cars (PTCs), holding up to nine persons. One six-to-nine passenger PTC would be on each track at each station. A person enters the car, chooses their destination, makes payment with a renewable fare card (similar to a debit card), and an automated system would choose the shortest route and issue a ticket with the destination stop printed on it. The PTC would go directly to the destinations of the persons in the car and there would be no further stops and pickups until all of these persons have been delivered to their destination.

I count 48 major bus routes radiating from the downtown city bus hub. Using this number, I envision a Linc Rail stop between every two bus routes. This gives us a total of 24 stops. New bus routes could start at a Linc Rail stop. Some may argue that I'm merely recreating the wheel. Rather, I submit through this proposal the hub, spokes and rim. I'm not recreating the wheel, I'm finishing it.

When utility companies string new trunk lines, they include bundles of fiber optic cables. All of the towers that would be part of the Linc Rail would be designed to receive and transmit wireless signals and thus become wireless platforms. I cannot foresee the future of the wireless revolution, but I can guarantee that such a unified wireless system would make Lincoln a founding father of that revolution.

Another frontier that could be incorporated is an array of photo- voltaic cells and wind turbines. I have recently seen some designs that would work well within the Linc Rail infrastructure. For the Linc Rail, all towers would have an array of photo-voltaic cells and wind turbines. All Linc Rail transport cars would use passive air conditioning and breaking that would transfer motion into electricity to be channeled back into the track.

According to the latest Census information, Lancaster County added 3,347 new people. However, we hear often reports about crumbling roads, outdated and unsafe bridges, dangerous potholes and that there is no money available to maintain the current transportation infrastructure. Many cities, such as Denver, Colorado, place parking garages at the outskirts near to their mass transit systems. Lincoln would benefit tremendously from including such a plan in its future urban planning.

Using 27th and Interstate 80 as Station One, we set the stage for future development. The population chart shows growth in several neighboring cities. Assuming the challenge would be greater going east, I suggest that the Linc Rail be expanded west to Grand Island because more funding is being spent and budgeted for economic growth and the unemployment rate is lower as well. Having the Linc Rail connected to Grand Island, it would be a short stretch of track to bring easy access to this vital city.

A second expansion could be to Kearney. Kearney has numerous tourist attractions for instate residents as well as visitors to our state. In addition, there is a University of Nebraska campus.

Finishing the Linc Rail to the last city, Hastings, of the tri-city area makes a richer variety of college opportunities available for future generations of Nebraskans and others because of easy access to the campuses. The natural beauty of the Platte, historical sites and the new location of the Nebraska State Fair make this tri-cty route a lucrative and attractive one.

It is evident that Omaha must also be a future destination of the Linc Rail. University students and scientists alike would have easy access to the University of Nebraska's Innovation Campus. Research would move forward on many fronts, greater flexibility and choice of classes for University students would be available with easy access to transportation to all three major campuses in Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney. All three campuses of the University of Nebraska would have stronger ties than ever before not to mention the possibility of connecting the Nebraska community college system as well to the Linc Rail.

Currently there is a national high-speed train being planned to follow the old Chicago-Northwestern Railroad route. This includes the city of South Sioux City. From Chicago, this national route is planned for service to be extended to Kansas City and St Louis. Positioning our Linc Rail to connect to South Sioux City would enable travelers to connect to major national high-speed train hubs.

In conclusion, I have two more points to make. Former Senator Bob Kerry once sent an open letter to the Washington Post. In this letter, he made it very plain that a nation that did not have control of its energy needs, would never have sustainable economic growth or development. This sounds like the current situation in our nation, our state and yes our city. For now, just think about the fact that our nation imports 700 billion dollars of fossil fuels from nations that really don't like us.

The other point involves a Department of Energy study that was done about the same time Bob Kerry's letter was published. There were two criteria for this study. Alternative fuel sources are not very cost effective if they have to rely on a backup plan. So the Department of Energy wanted to find states that had at least 80% of their days either sunny or windy. This was vital because it ensured that startup costs would be paid off in ten years. Everyone thought that sunny California and the windy city of Chicago would make the list. The results were disappointing. Not one state in the nation met the 80% target.

When they overlaid both energy sources, they came up with three or four states that just barely passed the 80%. But one state met and exceeded the criteria at an unbelievable 95%. Nebraska. There lies room for economic growth. There lies sustainability for the future. There, ladies and gentlemen is true Husker Power.

In efforts to keep this project local and still moving forward, I would like to name some possible community partners. Several reasons have already been state as to why the University of Nebraska would benefit. I would like to add another reason. They have a premier engineering college and I would like to challenge the students of this college to become a major part of this project.

Kawasaki is currently building rail cards for Amtrak and it has also recently unveiled a testing center for rail cars. Nebraska Tourism would also be a partner in this endeavor. Through the use of the Linc Rail, many Nebraska points of interest and historical sites would be accessible and easy to visit. Also if we build a multi-tasking, green, tailorable to size of town, monorail; scientists and engineers from all over the world will come to see it in operation.

Through the expansion of the Linc Rail, the State of Nebraska will be better and more easily connected to Nebraska cities and towns which will allow for greater job opportunities, greater communication, and increased revenues for all residents.

Lastly, the U. S. Department of Energy will continue to see the nation experiencing an energy crisis and will certainly be very interested in the progress of our positive efforts to providing mass transit with alternative energy sources.

On August 12, 2011, Mike Carlin wrote:

Email from Mike Carlin

On August 9, 2011, Eric Bigham wrote:

I think the 2040 plan is very short sighted in it's proposed perpetual growth model (a.k.a. let's look like Omaha). Denser development is more sustainable in the type of future we face (lack of natural resources/global warming, aging population, lack of funding for infrastructure, etc.). I strongly urge reconsideration on what type of city we want to look like in the future. Also, not too hot on the conservative position taken on capital improvements to streets in the city - wouldn't more of a mix make more sense (like 65% maintain/35% capital)? Right now, just looking at the improvements proposed, is seems like 80%/20%... not very impressed. Anyways, thank you for your time and consideration!

On August 2, 2011, Ron Hill wrote:

I do not feel that the converting of the two properties to commercial are necessary. There are plenty of areas that are commercial already that are vacant, abandoned or unused. It would be better that the investors use those properties first for their ventures in beautifying the city. I see no reason whatsoever to give real investment companies a "hand up" unless they can improve areas that need to be improved first. We enjoy the 70th and Pine Lake Road properties as they are now. Please do not convert these properties.

On July 20, 2011, Stuart Long wrote:

LPlan40 is a beautiful local version of Infinite Planet Theory. One pictures the Titanic, a gash in its side, steaming into the night. But Peak Oil means the 140-year petroleum growth party is over. Some time in the very near future an oil order will be placed and the market will not be able to deliver. Pandemonium and sudden media obsession. Price spikes, panic buying, hoarding, shortages, lines, rationing, etc. The truth of the human predicament will be hotly denied, scapegoats identified, crazy solutions proposed, governments replaced. But nothing will alter the fact that from then on more people will share a shrinking pie: less production, less wealth, less credit, less gasoline, less food. The city will not grow as forecast. Number of dwellers per residence will rise, however. "Lots For Sale" signs will bleach in the hot sun.

On July 9, 2011, Lillie Larsen wrote:

It seems reasonable and appropriate to improve and widen Pioneers from 84th Street to 98th street since 98th street is currently in process of being widen to four lanes. A decade ago there was a fatal accident at 98th and Pioneers because of poor road conditions. Now would be the best time to make this necessary to avoid future accidents. Thank you for your consideration of my suggestion.

On July 9, 2011, Mike McClure wrote:

Lincoln is the only city I know of it's size that doesn't have a bypass highway circling the city. Why can other cities afford to have modern road systems while Lincoln remains a transportation system backwater?