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Here's What Kent Residents Want Resolved in the Tree City in 2013

What do you think the city of kent's New Year resolution should be? Here's what a few people said on the Kent Patch social media sites.

Based on a few comments from Kent Patch Facebook and Twitter followers, residents want to see parking improved in the Tree City in the New Year.

Kent Patch Facebook and Twitter followers responded to this question just after the New Year: "If you could pick a New Year's resolution for the city of Kent, what would it be and why?"

Here's what they had to say:

"I have two. Get the parking situation stabilized ASAP. Fix the RR crossing on Middlebury Rd. Those tracks have been ridiculous for as long as I can remember."

"Something centered around parking. I work downtown, (Acorn) Alley 2. As you know, there's a collective hope the deck is finished asap — will be good for all."

"I would like to see crosswalks marked with yellow cones & signs that say cars must stop for people, like Hudson."

"I would like to see laws regarding students (off campus) who abandon their cats and dogs at the end of the semester or year. Residents (non-student) do this also. Maybe we can monitor the problem or start a feral cat community."

"Stop catering to Kent State and start fixing things in other parts of the city that are neglected!"

Patch wants to know:

If you could pick a New Year's resolution for the city of Kent, what would it be?

Tony January 07, 2013 at 10:30 AM
To whoever wrote: "Fix the RR crossing on Middlebury Rd. Those tracks have been ridiculous for as long as I can remember." Why? People already drive much faster than the 25 mph posted speed limits, the tracks at least slow people down in that spot.
Martha Deep January 07, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Fix the parking situation and don't limit parking to 2 hours. If a person comes downtown to shop and have dinner, 2 hours is not enough time. This hinders folks from doing both shopping AND dinner in same outing.
Peter Heroux January 07, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Interesting logic. Are you really suggesting that the city should allow the condition of the road to remain poor so that drivers will have to adhere to the speed limit? Perhaps a better crossing and more attention by police would be a better solution? I've lived on the other side of those tracks for 35 years. They need attention. People who do obey the laws should not have to suffer the wear and tear on our vehicles.
Tony January 08, 2013 at 02:10 AM
No, I'm questioning if whoever wrote that wants it fixed so they don't have to slow down from going 50. I've lived up Middlebury Rd road for 39 years and that crossing is in bad shape. However, there are many more in worse shape and if you are going the speed limit they aren't that bad. I don't know why police don't set up on Middlebury all day, they'd write ticket after ticket.
Peter Heroux January 08, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Tony, I'm the one who the article is quoting. I've never done 50 on Middlebury, especially on the tracks. If I did, I wouldn't have a suspension left on my car. I've never had a speeding ticket in Kent. There is a long standing speed trap on Middlebury. I see police there from time to time. These tracks are owned by Wheeling-Erie and I've had communications with the city asking them to take action. It's not acceptable. It has nothing to do with people speeding. That's a separate issue.
Tony January 08, 2013 at 02:54 AM
So you answered my question. The quote wasn't from someone who likes to speed on Middlebury but instead someone who likes to complain. I drive the length of Middlebury almost daily and don't think those tracks are all that bad. I also very rarely see this speed trap you mention. I do however constantly have people all over my back bumper.
Jim Williams January 08, 2013 at 03:21 AM
I don't understand the emphasis on a "parking problem." I go downtown nearly every weekend, at dinnertime, and I've never had to walk farther than 3 blocks. Even when school is in session. I'm either lucky, or there's not a problem...unless, that is, you feel you have to be within spitting distance of your destination.
Peter Heroux January 08, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Stay classy, Tony.
Tony January 08, 2013 at 08:14 AM
There was nothing unclassy about my responses, just truthful. Sorry if it bothers you, have a good one.
Teresa K. January 08, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Jim: even if it were only the residents complaining about parking, that would mean there IS a problem. But, we have the City looking for creative parking ideas for businesses they permitted to build here with parking as an afterthought. Its not just about rolling into town every weekend looking for a parking spot. Its people working downtown needing somewhere safe and FREE to park while they work. Downtown Kent isn't much bigger than 3 blocks, so to not be able to find a parking spot within those blocks IS a problem.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! January 08, 2013 at 03:21 PM
People don't like to walk.
John Williams January 08, 2013 at 09:15 PM
When is the deck scheduled to be completed?
Matt Fredmonsky January 08, 2013 at 10:38 PM
March of this year.
karen Schneider January 11, 2013 at 02:03 AM
clean up the disgusting alley between Ray's and Taco Tontos,

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