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Here's one of our favorite excerpts from our last candidates' forum held by the Savage Community Association, on October 22. The overall focus was Route 1, and the specific question asked was: "Is there a real vision for the Route 1 corridor?"
My answer: Sure, we know what we need. We've known it for a long time. Existing County plans talk all about it: Focus on commercial development, on streetscapes, on walkable communities that connect with one another. It never happens, though.
Our local government never invests in it. In fact, in the last four years, the County's capital budget for Route 1 revitalization was *defunded,* by more than $6 million. And the current head of the County's Department of Planning and Zoning, he went so far as to suggest that a developer's proposal to build highest-density residential units across from Ducketts Lane was part of the County's ongoing revitalization efforts. That's not a plan. That's not how government's supposed to work. That's got to change. We need to invest in Route 1, to make something workable and liveable for all of us.
(Want to see more? You can link through to the full video here: https://youtu.be/GQmSsila7lI?t=2377) #CompareandDecide