Speak up quickly to protect downtown neighborhoods

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

The traditional neighborhood fabric that defines Manhattan’s livability between downtown and City Park requires better protection. At the July commun-ity workshop on future growth opportunities and land use alternatives at City Hall, land-use planning maps continued to identify these neighborhoods and the rest of the R-M zoned district as a medium- to high-density housing area.

The neighborhoods on the west side of City Park and south of Poyntz Avenue that were downzoned as a result of citizen input during the last round of land-use planning 10 years ago have shown noticeable stabiliza-tion and improvement.

There is very little time left for citizens to comment on the current online survey of future land-use maps. The consultant conducting the Manhattan Area 2035 Comprehensive Plan up-date is accepting input on the Future Growth Opportunities and Land Use Alternative maps only through this Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Now is the most effective time to make your comments known as the maps will soon be updated and presented at upcoming public meetings.

I encourage all who care about the future of our irreplaceable downtown neighborhoods to let our land-use planners be aware of your concerns and request downzoning protection for them. I urge you to visit http://www.manhattan-area2035.com to submit com-ments about future Manhattan-area land use. On the home page in the center, there are sections labeled “Online Tool Now Available” and “What Do You Think?” Clicking on either or both of those will provide you with opportunities to provide input. Written comments can also be submitted to the Manhat-tan Community Development Department. at City Hall.

The next community workshop will be Sept. 10. It will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the fire station at Kimball and Denison avenues.

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