University neighbors are well aware of the popularity and success of the Riverside Stem Academy. We see the evidence Monday thru Friday on Watkins Dr, Mt. Vernon and the other neighborhood streets.
We’re also aware of UCR’s development plans as many of us participated in the scoping sessions. Discussions have been underway about some creative collaboration between RSA and UCR and it’s all designed to happen on UCR’s campus.
There are two sites under consideration for the RSA / UCR multi-use building. One is Lot 13 off of Big Springs Rd. The other is Lot 30 at MLK and Canyon Crest.
Which one do you think makes the most sense to our quality of life?
The key issue for the neighborhood is traffic. STEM traffic and campus traffic. It’s all the same and happens at the same time each day.
If we want to have an impact on traffic, and a say about this, start following the issue.
We as a community have multiple opportunities to share our voices. Start writing letters, sending emails, making public comments at RUSD Board meetings.
We’re all aware of the increased air pollution that accompanies more traffic. We are a City that espouses to be committed to healthy communities. There’s no reason this can’t work out for the best interests of all concerned.
We face new challenges and changing circumstances. Being part of the solution is critical if we’re to say we’re creating the neighborhoods and city of our dreams. Check out what we’ve come up with below. We’ve been advocating for city staff to adopt these engagement frames.
Maybe if we had these in place we wouldn’t be getting warehouses 50 feet from our back yards or toxic superfund sites like the Ag Park.