Burning Bridges

Or blocking them off at least. This morning we got tipped off to Rye
which focuses on a bit of a problem growing over in Sherman Oakes. Here’s what I can gather. There’s the river. One one side is a bunch of houses that people own. On the other side is places people rent. There was a footbridge between the two neighborhoods but the people on the owner side started complaining about people parking over there and other general riff raff so their city council person closed the bridge. Which pissed off a lot of people, and maybe caused a bigger problem. Now everyone is pointing fingers and talking and not talking and it’s kind of a big mess.

From the site:

Councilmember Wendy Greuel ordered the pedestrian bridge at Rye Street in Sherman Oaks†closed on July 21, 2004.†Although she now claims it was a public-safety decision, we forced her to turn over internal email messages, which all show that her decision was based on overflow parking complaints.† And she has†made other misleading statements about the closure.

A Los Angeles Daily News editorial calls it "segregation,"†and states, "Greuel ordered the closure of one of the few things in the city that actually works."

Can’t we all just get along?