I have dedicated this Blog to featuring aspects of Des Moines that are not boring, and I feel I have made a pretty strong case towards that end. I will continue to feature those aspects in the future because I know there are still people out there that consider Des Moines boring. But, for today I am going to take the opportunity to touch on a topic I cannot get out of my mind as I was unfortunately impacted by ‘said’ topic first hand this morning. I was not ‘witness’ to the Bus/pedestrian incident this morning, which was outside my office building (this is the third or fourth incident on this city block in last year and a half), but I was definitely affected by the incident as I did see the aftermath of yet another bus/pedestrian accident outside my office window.
As I stood by my co-workers this morning while looking down on the accident, as we have done before, I couldn’t fail to digest their negative comments – I am going to walk in the skywalks cause they are so much safer than the streets – I can’t believe this is happening again – Why is it so hard to look both ways before turning left? –
Those comments really got me thinking…This issue is going to hurt the future of the city. I am not trying to imply that people will choose to not move to DSM because of these incidents. More so I am taking a larger perspective and considering DART’s impact on the future of this city.
I have to imagine the negative attention geared towards DART is severely hindering the expansion of projects like the downtown tram, etc. I think it is fair to jump to this conclusion because the incidents are not necessarily isolated or few-and-far-between. If people are scared to cross the streets downtown it is going to be very hard to improve and expand the city. Now, I make that last comment with a grain of salt as I know those same people who make the comments are crossing the streets every day without any concern for a city bus. But, with the impact of Social Media and the opportunity to spread the ‘word’ in a matter of nano-seconds…is it outside the realm to consider these instances’ a big time concern for our city?
Or, is my perspective too large scale and out of place?
I think it is fair to say the bus/pedestrian accidents of the past year and half have drastic implications on the future of the city. If that is a fact, then it stands to reason these issues have hindered the efforts placed by so many to grow the city into a vibrant, progressive city. Hopefully, the planned Transit Hub will provide a different avenue for busses downtown and alleviate these issues going forward. I just hope that can happen sooner, rather than later, to ensure a lesser long-term affect on the city.