Archive for September 3rd, 2008

by jhwygirl

Jay’s raising some cash for Bozeman’s JP Pomnichowski.

She’s great. I told you all before. (Don’t make me repeat myself – go use the search over there on the right.)

We need to keep her around.

Get over there to Left in the West and give a great Progressive some love.

by Jason Wiener

Since early this year, in an effort to keep Missoula’s downtown the center of life in our city, a coalition of private and public entities have been working with consultants Crandall Arambula to develop a Greater Downtown Master Plan. The next step is tonight.

In March, Crandall Arambula came to town to ask Missoulians about their concerns about and aspirations for downtown. 160 people showed up and responded.

In June, Crandall Arambula came back to town with ideas about addressing those concerns and meeting those aspirations. 250 people showed up and responded.

Tonight, Wednesday, September 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St., Crandall Arambula returns to show a draft set of recommendations addressing retail, transportation, open space, arts & culture, housing and more—taken together their ideas could constitute a blueprint for the future of downtown if adopted by the City Council following this and one more session for public input into the plan as well as the public deliberation that goes with any City Council decision (planning board, public hearing, etc.).

The most effective input is the earliest, however, so come tonight, learn about the work that’s been done so far (even if it’s your first meeting) and have your say.

Greater Downtown Master Plan Public Workshop #3
Wednesday, September 3 (TONIGHT)
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St.

Visit for more information. Thanks for your continued interest and participation up to this point.

by jhwygirl

I think it’s a shame, but this is apparently what has to occur in Missoula order to get a voice heard in roadway design here in Missoula.

ASUM Transportation, Missoula Advocates for Sustainable Transportation (MAST), Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation (MIST), Bike Walk Alliance for Missoula (BWAM) and non-motorized transportation advocate John Wolverton – who has been very involved in all meetings concerning the Russell/3rd Street project – have joined together to form 3 PLUS for RUSSELL STREET.

In a piece blogged yesterday, announcing the EIS produced by MDOT HKM Engineering, Wolverton, in the comments, announced an upcoming meeting of 3 PLUS for RUSSELL STREET, to be held at the Rose Park neighborhood meeting on Wednesday Sept 17th at 7pm, St. Paul’s Church, 202 Brooks.

As a reminder, back in April, HKM Engineering, took a sudden “turn” away from the website-announced preferred alternatives which had included traffic calming items such as traffic circles, and shot for a 4 travel lanes + a center turn lane on Russell, along with double left turn lands on the corner of 3rd/Russell. In other words – a sea of asphalt.

HKM has had multiple public meetings where, by all accounts, traffic roundabouts and traffic calming landscaping had been ideas provided as input and had been well received. Apparently, though, there is a large disconnect between having the public meetings and using the public input.

They can hear what we’re saying, they’re just not listening.

3 PLUS for RUSSELL STREET has taken its designs to the street and to the public, and by all accounts has been well received. They’ve employed a method they call LIVE engineering: Listen, Investigate, Verify and Engage. They’ve set up at the Farmer’s Market, the Bitterroot Branch Trail and have even had volunteers taking it directly to neighborhoods.

The design:

The current HKM published preferred alternatives essentially cut a huge chuck of the city in half with a 4 lane highway.

Think North Reserve.

Seriously – they call that design? What public input gave HKM the idea that was what The Garden City was about?

3 PLUS for RUSSEL STREET’s concept:

The 3-PLUS for RUSSELL proposal will provide a transportation corridor which is safer and more convenient for all users, less costly than a 5-lane system, and which will blend with the diverse commercial and residential districts along the corridor, and will not destroy a single home or business. 3-PLUS for RUSSELL is neither a “no-build” proposal (leaving things as they are) nor a 5-lane alternative (similar to Reserve Street) as the City and the State of Montana are proposing. It is a carefully designed system that will make Russell Street one of the safest, most versatile, free-flowing and durable transportation corridors in Montana. Here is a brief description of the 3-PLUS proposal.

Why 3-PLUS?

We call this proposal 3-PLUS because much of the corridor would be converted to 3 auto travel lanes, combined with bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and green boulevards. In addition, several sections would employ four lanes to better serve commercial and redevelopment areas. One short segment would continue to have two auto travel lanes plus bike lanes and sidewalks (between 7th and 11th streets), as a way of calming traffic in the heart of the corridor and preserving the Rose Park and Franklin-to-the-Fort neighborhoods.

3 PLUS for RUSSELL STREET has a great informational sheet and even a petition, which I am too technically challenged to including them here (sorry)…but you can always email these guys – or, better yet, go check them out on Wednesday, September 17th at St. Paul’s Church at 202 Brooks – at

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