I was wondering if it would be feasible to run 1304 Bikes at the Latta House property? Wouldn't it be zoned for this, and it would solve the problem of keeping it in the community.
There are no rich white people in this neighborhood.
I appreciate your response, and I do not want to seem as if I do not appreciate what the group does and the time and energy volunteers have provided.
Unfortunately, since you do not live there I think you may not be aware of what kind of neighbors they are. Most of the neighbors are intimidated by the group. One person was "flipped off." by people living there after making a complaint. I totally understand hanging laundry to dry outdoors, but does it really need to be in the front yard? The stench from the poorly maintained compost pile, which I am highly in favor of when properly maintained, can be smelled a block away. I know many of the neighbors were worried that an emergency vehicle would not make it to their home on the days 1304 Bikes operated. I am wondering, have you actually visited any of the neighbors?
I consider a journalist biased if no one is interviewed outside of the group they are praising. This article is about complaints that led to enforcement of zoning laws, but no one in the neighborhood was interviewed. I also wonder if any of these journalists have even been to the property.
The group clearly had a friend in the city counci, Rodger Koopman, who has been pulling strings and seeking loopholes for years. I am assuming this explains the lack of any enforcement. The previous neighbors were kicked out of the property by the city when it looked pristine compared to its current appearance.
It sort of seems like you all are cherry picking the laws you want followed. You want everyone to observe biking laws, but you don't want zoning laws?
I wish this group the best, and I hope you all find a perfect fit for operating just not in my neighborhood and obviously not in yours either.
Does Doug live there? If not he should open up the Bike shop in his home.
That place is a complete dump. I am sure they provide bicycles for people who need them, but seriously, the traffic created on bicycles days was a traffic hazard. Laundry in the front yard, smelly backyard...I wish all the journalists would stop writing such bias towards this group.
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