After months of picking apart the hard work of Allegheny Together, Town Center Associates, and the Bellevue Streetscape design plan, Allegheny County has labelled Bellevue as “hard to work with”. Micro-managing has taken its toll on the people that were hired to do a very specific job. Bellevue legislators gathered and presented out-dated information from other towns regarding bump outs that were installed 20-30 years ago, stating that they’re hard to maintain and hard to navigate.
Several residents and a few council members argued that many of the design flaws of the early 90’s have been fixed and that bump outs can actually play a vital role in rain water drainage, beautification, small green spaces, and most importantly, the safety of pedestrians.
If the ultimate goal is to have Bellevue become a small business hub, then shouldn’t we be putting the proper infrastructure in place to accommodate the increase in foot traffic that a full revitalization would trigger? Our new team of elected officials will have to be sure to embrace the work that outside organizations have to offer for our borough. Although the plan may not fit into someone’s personal agenda, being open minded enough to be able to understand and accept the need for these sorts of partnerships, is the first step. Just because a council member isn’t a fan of a portion of a plan doesn’t mean that it’s not the best decision for the borough. Personal agendas need to be put aside, negativity needs to be put aside, and an openness to see the advantage of public-private partnerships could really be the key to taking Bellevue to the next level! There are multiple parts to the Bellevue Streetscape design plan, Bellevue is only in the beginning stages. It’s our job to elect the proper people to ensure that the future stages of our Streetscape plan are approached with a more positive attitude.
Our new team of leaders can change the perception that Bellevue is “hard to work with” so that other organizations will want to work with us and give grants for bettering our borough. If we want to continue to receive opportunities for advancement, then the overall sentiment needs to be one of positivity and welcoming of new ideas!