Yesterday, Dan Cornford wrote about how the Nishi project would contribute to traffic and the deterioration of air quality downtown. People who don't travel these roads frequently might have trouble seeing why that would be the case. Well, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
If the Nishi project goes through, an underpass would be built under the railroad from the Nishi property to Old Davis Road. As the graphic shows, there is already significant traffic from Old Davis Rd to First Street and downtown, and onto Richards Blvd. Cars from the Nishi development – with its 700 parking spaces – would contribute to that traffic as residents drive to and through downtown.
This is just one of a number of concerns about Nishi. As I said in an earlier post, the unhealthy air quality experienced by residents because of its location is my primary concern. But the concerns about traffic and air quality downtown are serious ones and should not be overlooked.