More on Jeff Speck and a Walkable Paducah

Today I’m sharing an excellent post from from local blogger and social impact/strategic designer, Monica Bilak. In it, she advocates for  and expands on the recommendations of Jeff Speck and does a great job of presenting current plans in place for downtown.

She also discusses the obvious health benefits of more biking and walking:

“Our current society has traded our social lives, our physical health, and our children’s physical well-being for a car ride.”

In addition, Monica raises real concerns about the lack of a safe bikeable or walkable route to the college.

“My fear is that the discussion will get derailed, and that we never expand the idea to include the people who need it the most, the working poor. These are the people who could experience life changing benefits if we would simply change the built environment. Most are physically cut off from one of our largest employment centers, the Kentucky Oaks Mall, and our higher educational institutions, WKCTC and Murray State. If you don’t believe me, try riding or walking to any of those places. I dare you. Then imagine telling a high school student for whom working is not an option but a way to eat daily, about the best route to walk to the mall from Elmwood or Anderson Court.”

Our community is so fortunate to have critical thinkers like Monica Bilak and when they share accurate relevant thoughts, we should take a moment to hear them as we plan for the future of our community.

Read her full post here. It’s well worth the click.


By | 2017-12-26T00:41:12+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|Bikeable/Walkable|Comments Off on More on Jeff Speck and a Walkable Paducah

About the Author:

Eddie Jones is a candidate for Commonwealth Attorney. Eddie began his legal career as a prosecutor in the United States Army JAG Corps. Presently, Eddie Jones is a practicing attorney in Paducah, Kentucky at the law firm of Boehl Stopher & Graves and also serves as a County Commissioner in his community of McCracken County, Kentucky. His background includes service in the United States Army and an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from Evangel University along with a Law Degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Eddie is interested in working to make Paducah and McCracken County more sustainable through bikeable/walkable neighborhoods, tourism including sports tourism, and the development of public/private partnerships including a focused, transparent plan for regional economic development.