Letter: Where will it end?
I just read Peter Daigle’s very clear and reasoned column urging the Concord City Council to carefully consider the whole impact of the Langley Parkway extension under discussion (“Damage from Langley plan will be great,” Monitor Forum, Jan. 25).
While Concord Hospital is strongly behind building this new road, it is unclear whether hospital access will be facilitated significantly enough to justify bisecting an established Concord residential neighborhood of at least 21 homes.
The front yards of those homes may be mostly eliminated and the resale values very likely reduced. Also eliminated will be the wooded area off of Auburn Street that provides space for outdoor recreation throughout the year for many people.
The notion of eliminating yet another open space area within the city limits in order to allow cars and trucks to speed through our community deserves serious deliberation. Is that really what we want? Is there any convincing data to suggest that difficulty in accessing the hospital has been a factor in Concord Hospital’s ability to treat emergencies effectively?
Part of the argument for building the controversial roundabout a few years ago at the intersection of Auburn, Liberty and Centre streets was to ease the way for emergency vehicles that use Liberty Street to access the route to the hospital from outlying towns. We did that, and now they want this! Where will it end?