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^So why fight to keep Greenwich reserved for the parents of kids who don't walk then?

Because lots of school buses use Greenwich (busing is still common in most American cities).  You can also add the fact that many parents don't want their children walking three miles along Randolph or Sharon Amity roads at rush hour.  I'd venture a guess that the amount of parental automobile traffic at Dilworth Elementary is about the same as Cotswold (I lived on E Kingston for many years and remember cars lining up on Park Avenue to pick up kids back in the late 90s).

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teeg    55

It's worth adding that Cotswold Elementary is a partial magnet.  By design, 20-25% of it's students live outside it's home attendance area.  

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Publix and development sounds great, the traffic struggle is real in the Wicks and anywhere near the Teeter and Elementary school. Hopefully some revisions and improvement can be made to the plan before anything gets going. 

 

How realistically can we get some of the neighborhoods better connected? I live in one that is a little ways North on Sharon Amity, and it takes literally a half hour to go .25 mils in the morning because none of the neigborhoods connect to each other and we all just sit on Sharon Amity. Friends in other surrounding neighborhoods, same problem. Literally can be in one culdesac and see the other streets through the woods. Just curious what the process is, if there is one.

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archiham04    417

Publix and development sounds great, the traffic struggle is real in the Wicks and anywhere near the Teeter and Elementary school. Hopefully some revisions and improvement can be made to the plan before anything gets going. 

 

How realistically can we get some of the neighborhoods better connected? I live in one that is a little ways North on Sharon Amity, and it takes literally a half hour to go .25 mils in the morning because none of the neigborhoods connect to each other and we all just sit on Sharon Amity. Friends in other surrounding neighborhoods, same problem. Literally can be in one culdesac and see the other streets through the woods. Just curious what the process is, if there is one.

It will be difficult.  People often associate limited access with safety or security. I think the first step to connecting neighborhoods might be the School Bus issue.  EVERYONE complains about the buses  (if they live across Briar Creek).  That is because buses can only travel on the main arteries to get from place to place-and often times stop on the artery to avoid the cuc-de-sac mazes.  If connections are made "for the buses" people might be willing to accept them.

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archiham04    417

It's worth adding that Cotswold Elementary is a partial magnet.  By design, 20-25% of it's students live outside it's home attendance area.  

The other thing to keep in mind is that the walkzone (generally 10min-half mile walk) for the school is 50% commercially developed.  The other 50% probably has 2-300 households.  maybe 20% of those households have kids between 5 and 11...  so the walk population is 60-80 max.

 

The school is 650 students (small by CMS standards).  

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teeg    55

The other thing to keep in mind is that the walkzone (generally 10min-half mile walk) for the school is 50% commercially developed.  The other 50% probably has 2-300 households.  maybe 20% of those households have kids between 5 and 11...  so the walk population is 60-80 max.

 

 

Sure, and part of that area (specifically, everything between Wendover, Randolph, Sharon Amity, and Providence) is actually assigned to Eastover Elem, not Cotswold.    

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Bikeguy    192

The other thing to keep in mind is that the walkzone (generally 10min-half mile walk) for the school is 50% commercially developed.  The other 50% probably has 2-300 households.  maybe 20% of those households have kids between 5 and 11...  so the walk population is 60-80 max.

 

The school is 650 students (small by CMS standards).  

Not exactly... try 350.

 

Cotswold Elementary has become a poster child for the walk-to-school effort. It has participated in the national observance since 2008 and added a monthly Walk to School Day. Cotswold Elementary officials said up to 350 students, staff and parents are part of the program each month."

 

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/08/5227687/charlotte-area-students-join-walk.html#.VDV0N_ldVyw

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InSouthPark    181

 

Not exactly... try 350.

 

Cotswold Elementary has become a poster child for the walk-to-school effort. It has participated in the national observance since 2008 and added a monthly Walk to School Day. Cotswold Elementary officials said up to 350 students, staff and parents are part of the program each month."

 

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/08/5227687/charlotte-area-students-join-walk.html#.VDV0N_ldVyw

 

 

Just an FYI: Those numbers are highly skewed. We live 8 miles from Cotswold and participated in Walk to School day. We just dropped our kid off at a church they were starting at that day so they could walk to school. As did most other parents. The kids got a reward for participating (and a chance to get on TV). 

 

There is way less than 100 a day that walk.

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archiham04    417

No, the unlikely dream is the current legislature supporting smaller public schools.  Smaller schools= more administrators= more state spending.  Urban and/or pedestrian area in Cotswold would also be nice. 


I just heard a story today about a pedestrian put in critical condition after being hit by a motorist in Cotswold.  EMT said that there had been 3 in the area that day.

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teeg    55

Developers will often have pre-submittal meetings with DOT. Plus, designers working on multiple projects often know what to expect from DOT from past experience.

 

Or not.  It looks like CDOT has issues with the plan, beyond anything that might have been hashed out during a pre-submittal hearing:

 

http://ww.charmeck.org/Planning/Rezoning/2014/112-120/2014-118%20cdot.pdf

 

No pork chop.  And it sounds like they are fine with a future signal at the main Randolph Road entrance. 

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WSOC reported last night that the Cotswold BP (NE corner of Sharon-Amity and Randolph) is being forced to close.  Seems the owner of the land is not renewing the service station's lease and has "other plans for the property".  Anyone have any knowledge of what those might be? 

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WSOC reported last night that the Cotswold BP (NE corner of Sharon-Amity and Randolph) is being forced to close.  Seems the owner of the land is not renewing the service station's lease and has "other plans for the property".  Anyone have any knowledge of what those might be? 

 

What??  Noooo!!!  Where is anyone going to be able to get gas now in that area?

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What??  Noooo!!!  Where is anyone going to be able to get gas now in that area?

Actually it's a pretty big loss.  It's the only full-service gas station I know of in the Cotswold/SouthPark/Providence Rd area.  In fact, they plugged one of my tires just yesterday due to a nail (third time in the past 12 months--I'm sooooooooo tired of construction debris in the middle of my street due to tear-down/McMansion construction).  

 

And a PNC?  Who wants a PA-based bank in the neighborhood?  Ick!

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