Next year Williamson Street will be closed to traffic for months due to construction. Then thousands of people in the east Isthmus area will travel toward Downtown through the Jenifer-Spaight-Rutledge corridor.
I live in one such neighborhood, and I am not going to drive to East Washington Avenue in every instance. Sometimes I will carefully and respectfully navigate through the residential neighborhood south of Willy Street as I head uptown in my automobile.
Regardless of the Willy Street Co-op's plans to put in a temporary driveway entrance on Jenifer Street, increased traffic is coming to the Marquette neighborhood. Pedestrians and bicyclists must be extra careful, and the Madison Police Department must focus enforcement there to protect public safety during this traffic disruption.
The Willy Street Co-op is a good neighbor and part of the fabric of our East Side community. Are we going to allow this not-for-profit business to suffer significant losses and lay off workers because of a "not in my front yard" attitude from some neighbors?
I've been a co-op member, East Sider, pedestrian, bicyclist and automobile driver since 1980. The co-op and its customers need some temporary accommodation. Neighbors who disagree with its 2011 survival strategy should have some patience and a little faith that the co-op will close the Jenifer Street entrance when street construction is completed.
- Jerry Lynch, Madison