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NE Ohio Elected Leaders: "Opportunity Corridor" Gets it Wrong

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We, the undersigned, oppose the “Opportunity Corridor” project as it is currently envisioned. This $331 million road project will speed suburban commuters between I-490 and University Circle. But the benefits to the neighborhoods it bisects -- Slavic Village, Kinsman, Central, Fairfax and lower Buckeye – are less clear.

It is unjust to devote $331 million to a single road project in neighborhoods where so many households cannot afford cars. The project provides no real transit benefits. In addition, the design proposed by the Ohio Department of Transportation includes wide, highway-width lanes that will encourage speeding and offer few safe pedestrian crossings. Increased traffic will worsen air pollution problems in the neighborhoods, as well, where too many children already suffer from asthma. The plan also calls for 19 local roads to be dead-ended, including Quincy Avenue, an important transit route.

To make a path for drivers, 76 families will lose their homes and 16 businesses will be displaced. The basis for negotiations with property owners, which will take place under the threat of eminent domain, will be “fair market value.” This is not actually fair because the area’s depressed values are the result of broad dynamics beyond the residents’ control. Even the existence of this road plan, and the threat of demolition that has hung over these neighborhoods, has discouraged investment and artificially depressed housing values.

For the reasons outlined above, we implore our elected leaders to stand with the people in opposing this project until it can be brought more in line with the needs and concerns of the community.

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