Lincoln Avenue/Amity Street intersection outskirts of town center
The Amherst Select Board meeting was invaded last night by a brigade of concerned Lincoln Avenue residents upset about the initial proposal to ban parking along both sides of their street.
Almost all of them agreed there were problems at the Amity Street/Lincoln Avenue intersection and Gaylord Street/Lincoln Avenue, mainly with sight lines.
But those remedies should only impact the immediate area around those intersections and not the length of the entire road which connects Northampton Road (Rt 9) to UMass Amherst, the largest employer in town.
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Proposed parking scenario widely panned by residents
By removing parked cars entirely neighbors fear it will increase speed along their street by commuters enroute to UMass.
And many of them pointed out they have small driveways and the on-street parking is needed for visiting friends and family.
Concerned neighbors pack Select Board hearing (eleven spoke, all of them opposed)
The Select Board, keepers of the public way, seemed almost embarrassed by the controversy. Connie Kruger said it was "premature to vote on this", that it required a "more comprehensive look," and the town should go "back to the drawing board."
Gaylord/Lincoln Avenue intersect
The Select Board wisely retreated and continued the public hearing until their next meeting July 27. (During the summer months the Select Board meets infrequently).