The debate over trails and sidewalks resurfaced Monday in Prairie Village as Ward 5 Councilor Courtney McFadden made an impassioned speech to her peers urging them to get behind efforts to improve walkability in the city.
McFadden pointed out that Prairie Village residents have indicated time and again that better sidewalks and trails are among their top priorities. (79 percent of the respondents to the Village Vision citizen survey were in favor of a trails system increasing access to parks, schools, shopping centers and other public areas. 70 percent indicated they were willing to help fund the development of the trails system).
But efforts at the council level to push through the construction of a trails system have met vocal resistance from homeowners whose properties would border a trail.
Do you support a trails system in Prairie Village? Would you support it if a trail went through the city right-of-way in your front yard? Who should hold more sway in this debate: The majority of Prairie Village residents who say they want trails, or the minority group of homeowners who say they don’t want a trail in front of their house? How do you think the city should balance the interests of these two groups?
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