Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wanted: Good Ideas to Lay Great Tracks

The first significant investment the City of Santa Ana would be implementing in our neighborhood is roughly three years out, but today and tomorrow, the project will need your input to make it a success.

The three or four of you who follow this blog already know that I back this idea and I sincerely believe that building a fixed-guideway system will improve all property values all along its path as well as serve as a tremendous asset to the “working class” resident.

With that being said, the City of Santa Ana will be hosting two listening sessions where they hope to gather community input to help make this project a success for everyone.

Please Join the Cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove for a Community Listening Session for the Proposed Fixed-Guideway Project.
Your opinion is important to us!

Two community listening sessions are being planned for the proposed Santa Ana and Garden Grove Fixed Guideway project.

The goal of the project is to provide residents, workers and visitors with a new east-west transit connection between the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC), the Downtown District and Civic Center in Central Santa Ana, and Garden Grove.

Public input is important to the project’s development and we want to hear your thoughts and ideas. We have planned two community listening sessions, both are open to the public. Please attend the meeting most convenient for your schedule.

When and Where:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (Train Station)
Room - Main Lobby
1000 East Santa Ana Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 92701
*Corner of Santa Ana Boulevard and Santiago Avenue

When and Where:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Santa Ana City Hall - Community Development Conference Room
Second Floor, Room 209
20 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701
*Corner of Civic Center Drive and Ross Street
For more information, please call us at (866) 580-9455

Upon first hearing about the rail project several years ago, I tried to find specific examples of how a streetcar system was detrimental to its city or the surrounding neighborhoods and found only hearsay.

If anyone out there in the Blogosphere knows of an example, please send it my way.

And no, the monorail project proposed and developed by Lyle Lanley does not count.

"Y'know, a town with money is a little like the mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it and danged if he knows how to use it."


Robert said...

Great idea to get the community involved. Many people have been waiting for that proposed streetcar since the 80's. Hopefully they don't get us all exited again for nothing. I'll forward to some people and i'll take them if there willing to go.
They're still upset at the city of Santa Ana for getting their hopes up with the renaissance plan and the streetcar plan. Hopefully they'll go.

Gustavo Arellano said...

Ben: Reason Magazine and its libertarian cousins have done many articles and studies showing how light-rail usually proves to be a drain on city coffers; they're not that difficult to find. On my end, no one who believes in the democratic process should support this plan as long as Cordoba has something to do with it.

Jake Gittes said...

Gustavo - What can I tell you, kid? You’re right.

When you’re right, you’re right, .. and you’re right.

Anonymous said...

It's been a few years since I was in Santa Ana and I was wondering if Pangea was still in business? Are Brad and Justin still around? Thanks...

Ben Dayhoe said...

Sadly, Pangea closed but another solid restaurant took its place (Lola Gaspar).

Justin is now running Proof Bar with Joey (located a few doors up from Memphis).

Alokseowgc said...

I think you are thinking about the right option.Really fixed-guide way system will improve all property values all along its path as well as serve as a tremendous asset to the “working class” resident.Now as you completed that listening sessions have you have got some new plans and ideas about project or not.Please mention about it in your next upcoming post.

Chris J said...

I believe that, building a fixed-guideway system will surely will improve all property values all along its path as well as serve as a tremendous asset to the “working class” resident.It's really a very nice thought to involve a community.