Jerry Sternberg’s column “Charlotte’s Web” [Oct. 16 Xpress] is a shortsighted condemnation of those supporting efforts to improve conditions on Charlotte Street. Rather than “a continuing strategy … to keep the Great Unwashed from invading their neighborhood,” those I know in support of the plan (including myself) wish to make the neighborhood more inviting. The vision goes beyond “three-laning” and addresses the concerns he mentions of improved sidewalks. We're all on the same page here, and he should be aware of this.
I am not sure when he walked Charlotte Street last, but I do on a regular basis and I have to disagree with him. I find it scary and dangerous. People I encounter on my walks feel the same way. Many of the neighborhoods adjoining this portion of Charlotte Street are not inhabited by “elitists,” but regular folks hoping to develop a sense of community along the Charlotte Street corridor and enhance its walkable and bicycle-friendly connection to downtown. Charlotte Street is a somewhat unique mix of commercial and residential properties. Why not support ideas that make it a pleasant, walkable and inviting neighborhood that the entire city can share?
— Rose Bartlett