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Finding the balance
First public meeting held on proposed Broad Street 'road diet'
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Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham (center) speaks with citizens attending a Broad Street road diet information meeting Monday night at the former downtown site of Newmans Furniture. Representatives from Parsons Brinckerhoff, an infrastructure consulting firm, provided background on the proposed project, which aims to convert Broad Street between York and DeKalb streets from four lanes to two. A summary meeting was scheduled for the same location Tuesday night. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Some 40 people crowded into one of Newman Furniture’s former downtown homes Monday night to hear first-hand -- and respond to -- some of the ideas for putting a section of Broad Street on a “road diet.” First proposed within Duany Plater-Zyberk’s (DPZ) 2008 vision plan for Camden, the basic idea is to calm traffic on Broad Street between DeKalb and York streets by narrowing the U.S. highway from four lanes to two and, possibly, introduce angled parking. A summary meeting was scheduled for Tuesday night in the same location at 6 p.m. Ernie Baughman, a member of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global consulting firm specializing in public and private infrastructure projects, opened the meeting by giving a short history of the proposed project.