Briefing: 
  • On San Pasquale, bike or parking lanes may be in the offing in effort to lower speeds
  • Mother of slain officer is noted Downtown Neighborhoods resident
  • Bueno Foods to build new freezer and fire lane near bosque trail
On San Pasquale, bike or parking lanes may be in the offing in effort to lower speeds
Like many other wide straight-shot streets, San Pasquale south of Central seems to attract more than its share of speeders.

"It's a great strip for that. That's the bad news," said Robert Rodriguez, who lives near the roundabout that marks the street's intersection with Laguna. "There's nothing stopping you."

But a few years ago, Rodriguez decided to do something about it. He asked the city's Neighborhood Traffic Management Program to take a closer look at the street in a formal nomination process that involved gathering signatures from neighbors.

The result was a report that acknowledged the problem but didn't lead to action: The city found excessive speeding on the road, but didn't find other problems, like a history of crashes that could have been prevented with traffic calming measures. The rules said that speeding alone wasn't enough for the city to make physical changes to the road, so Rodriguez's push was stopped in its tracks.

More recently, however, the City Council changed the rules, making it so speeding alone could spur a more general rethink of a road, and that retroactively brought the idea back to life.

"If you meet the speeding criteria, you qualify," said Diane Dolan, a City Council analyst who has worked on the project.

Now it's back to the drawing board. In addition to reviewing other requests around town that might now qualify for action, engineers will take a look at adding some combination of parking and/or bicycle lanes to San Pasquale, which would have the effect of shrinking the widths of the vehicle lanes, a move that tends to lower average speeds. Engineers will also look at reducing the speed to 25 mph from 30 and the possibility of installing a flashing speed sign, perhaps along the lines of those presently posted on Rio Grande in parts of the North Valley.

Speed bumps - always a more controversial measure - are not presently on the list of possibilities under consideration. The city will come back to the neighborhood to present its assessment in the coming months.
Mother of slain officer is a prominent Downtown Neighborhoods resident
The mother of the police officer killed in the Boulder grocery store mass shooting is a prominent fixture of the Downtown Neighborhoods and Old Town area, especially its Nextdoor page. Judy Butler-Talley is a prolific and upbeat commentator on everything from homelessness to recommended contractors to lost pets.

When reached last Friday she was on her way to Colorado and not in a position to elaborate much, but she did report that "I could not have made it this far without the kindness and generosity of the [Fraternal Order of Police], APD, and Boulder Police Department." She had more to say in a recent interview with KOAT.

Officer Eric Talley's funeral is scheduled for today at 11 a.m. in Lafayette, a Denver suburb. His Denver Post obituary is here.
Bueno Foods to build new freezer and fire lane near bosque trail
The plant is located just south of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Bueno Foods, the iconic processor of green chile located in south Barelas between 2nd and the bosque trail, plans to spend $10 million building a new 25,000-square-foot freezer warehouse as part of a larger effort to expand sales outside of New Mexico.

The project, which also involves the installation of a fire lane running around the new building and connecting to two parking areas, is slated to begin by the end of May, with Bueno occupying the new facility by January of next year, according to a city writeup of the effort.

The new freezer is expected to create 49 full-time-equivalent jobs in the next five years, one reason it is eligible for a $500,000 state economic development grant. Bueno Foods has been located at its south Barelas site since 1984.
Pit stop
Noticed on the bosque trail, just south of Bueno Foods: Some of our favorite seasonal avian visitors.

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