The Future of Eagle Rock: Part IV

More bike lanes, slower traffic, intelligent urban planning that bolsters both community and commerce.

Continuing our series of recommendations about how community members would like to see Eagle Rock transformed, we feature the views of Jennifer Morgan, co-owner of the neighborhood’s only wine store: (Aptly described as “the epitome of a great local business” by our first respondent in this series, Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council President Michael Larsen, CoWineCo is widely admired and patronized—not just in the neighborhood but in the region.)

Our two questions to Jennifer, followed by her responses:

1) What's been your favorite new Eagle Rock business of the past two years and why?

has been a welcome addition to our block in particular. The food is wonderful, the space is attractive, and the service is friendly and efficient.  Michelle and Corey have high standards and they work really hard to maintain them.

2) Which one or two businesses or town features (bike lanes, more parks, more trees) would you most like to see come to Eagle Rock and why?

I’d love to see more bike lanes, particularly on Colorado Boulevard, which should be narrower, slower, safer, and more conducive to what makes any town’s center great—foot traffic. I also wish the empty lot just south of were used for something other than an unofficial dirt parking lot and junk sale site. A playground or park there would be such an asset to Eagle Rock. It would be great to be able to park, get your kids out to play, eat, shop, and go to the library without getting back in your car.

brendon davis June 06, 2011 at 03:58 PM
I would love to see a skatepark built for the kids
Anita June 06, 2011 at 04:36 PM
With the schools not having funding for after school care and activities a chess park/skate park/safe area would be fantastic in our area. And all near the schools and libraries so its easy to walk too.
Bob G June 06, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Take Back the Boulevard, the community initiative to re-imagine Colorado Boulevard, is all about making changes to the Boulevard that will make it safer, more friendly to people and alternate transportation (Bikes, etc.) and better for local businesses. Subscribe to the TERA eLetter (www.tera90041.org) for future updates on this initiative.
Neil Jurgensen June 06, 2011 at 09:39 PM
I believe painted pedestrian crosswalks in an intersection lacking traffic lights is an invitation to disaster. The crosswalks give a false (albeit) legal sense of safety and security. Motorists are conditioned to be looking for traffic lights and crossing traffic, not painted stripes on the concrete. In today's world of over-sized SUVs, quite often the pedestrians are unseen to motorists because other cars are blocking them from view. Put a light in at these intersections, or let the pedestrians walk to the nearest traffic light. Ask Glendale how unlighted crosswalks have worked out. Its a recipe for a fatal tragic collision, especially around such a busy stretch as Eagle Rock, and around so many schools. -- Neil J.
Severin Martinez June 06, 2011 at 10:38 PM
The crosswalk is not the problem, speeding cars is the problem. Slow the cars down by making more pedestrian friendly environments that's a better recipe for safe streets. This can, and should be done in many more ways than simply adding traffic lights.
Hulga June 07, 2011 at 12:57 AM
When I stop to let people cross I'm always scared that I'll be rear ended. I have never seen the police pulling anyone over for speeding along this stretch. With this city needing money so badly, I'm surprised. I thought after that tragic accident a couple of summers ago, when that carload of teenagers died, something would be done.
Steven Fjeldsted June 07, 2011 at 04:41 AM
On another sub-topic related to parks, I'd like to see the basketball court at Eagle Rock Park lighted until 9 pm. I think it would also be good if a second court were added. It's great to see so many folks of all ages playing roundball in a friendly manner. The level of participation calls for another court and extended hours.
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