City of Lubbock Considers 114th Road Improvement, Should Fix Other Things First
It's no secret Lubbock is expanding rapidly, especially in the southwest direction. That area of town is either a) rural, or b) boujie. There's nothing wrong with either state of being, and we'll need more and more infrastructure as that area grows. However, that doesn't mean we should let other areas of town fall into disrepair or decay.
A recent bond proposal would widen 114th Street from Quaker to Slide. It'll be very expensive. From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
The City of Lubbock is preparing to expand 114th Street from Quaker to Slide to five lanes. That’s why the council is considering a street bond for the first time in 13 years..[...] In June, the city and TxDOT will host a virtual public meeting on the next segment, from Quaker to Slide.
I should note here that I live in Southwest Lubbock and frequent businesses in this area, so I completely understand that more lanes will make this popular area safer and easier to navigate. The move will directly and positively impact my life. But I also use, you know, other parts of town too as they still happen to exist.
I drove down University between 34th and 50th today and it was a nightmare in the vehicle I was in, which happened to be a large-ish truck. I felt every single one of the 9,000 potholes peppering that street. It's in egregious disrepair, and many, many people drive on it. Most of those people don't own a horse or a pool house, so I have my suspicions as to why it's been so neglected.
No matter what neighborhood you live in, you still pay sales tax on almost everything you buy locally. If you own a home or business, you pay property taxes. The point is, we're all contributing, we should all be benefiting, no matter what side of town we live on.
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