Merrimon Widening NCDOT Public Comment Database

We received 140 comments; 139 opposed, 1 in favor, and 95 of those people gave us specific permission to publish their comments here.  Enjoy!

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stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Amy', 'last_name' => 'Kemp', 'neighborhood' => 'Chestnut Hills', 'street_address' => '25 North Liberty St', 'state' => 'NC', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Residents living along or near Merrimon Ave deserve safe access to its businesses by any means they choose, whether it be car, bike, or on foot.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'zipcode' => '28801', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Karen', 'last_name' => 'Kennedy', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '28 Garland Dr', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'As a local resident, I am opposed to the Merrimon Avenue widening plan as it is now proposed', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Vann ', 'last_name' => 'Vogel', 'neighborhood' => 'Lakeview Park', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Alternative design concepts, including a “road diet” can be explored by using temporary barriers and paint, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.  ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'David', 'last_name' => 'Novak', 'neighborhood' => 'Norwood Park', 'street_address' => '73 Woodward Ave', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28801', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => '"I am in favor of a 3-lane solution (employing a center turn lane) allowing  ample space for bus turn-outs, regulation width bike lanes, and safe, set back, pedestrian sidewalks..."', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Patricia', 'last_name' => 'Robbins', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'My husband spent his 35 year career as an Urban/Transportation Planner for the NYSDOT. His specific role was to assure accommodation for cyclists and pedestrians in any engineering... ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Robert', 'last_name' => 'Allen', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => '"A much better option would be have one lane each direction accommodating all through traffic, add the middle turn lane, then provide plenty of shoulder room to allow cars making right-turns..."', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Stephen', 'last_name' => 'Pierson', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => '"There are mothers, fathers, children, and even grandparents walking and biking these roads, sidewalks, and crosswalks as an absolutely necessary means of transportation..."', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Joe ', 'last_name' => 'Ebel', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '45 King St', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28801', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => '"We would appreciate a reduction in the speed limit on Merrimon Avenue!
Please consider the wishes of those that live in the area affected..."', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Cisco', 'last_name' => 'Pilates', 'neighborhood' => 'Five Points', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => '"I cross Merrimon regularly on my bicycle or on foot. It is dangerous already. A pedestrian was killed not far from where I live crossing Merrimon..."', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Andy', 'last_name' => 'McKenzie', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => '"I am the third generation in my family to live in Asheville...As a frequent cyclist, pedestrian, driver and shopper along Merrimon Avenue, I encourage you to partner with the City of Asheville..."', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Kari', 'last_name' => 'Richmond', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => '"I strongly prefer a dedicated bicycle lane with physical barriers against motor vehicles.  We also must have wider and more frequently placed pedestrian crossings..."', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Jim', 'last_name' => 'Grode', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => '"By failing to consult with the City..., by failing to consider the City’s relevant planning documents, and by failing to involve the public in a meaningful way... NCDOT has utterly failed..."', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Daniel', 'last_name' => 'Fisher', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'The current NCDOT plan is a huge step backwards in transportation thinking...We want a more connected, livable, accessible city. 
GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT. ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Rob', 'last_name' => 'Winger', 'neighborhood' => 'West Asheville Estates', 'street_address' => '112 Nebraska St', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28806', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Due to the proximity to UNCA and numerous residences, many of the people on Merrimon are not in cars. The popular Glenn\'s Creek Greenway crosses Merrimon in the plan zone, further increasing ...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'David', 'last_name' => 'Copley', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '65', 'city' => 'Tacoma Circle', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28801', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Car speeds are going to dramatically increase because the design speed chosen will allow a driver to feel safe at speeds higher than 40 mph. During the public meeting NCDOT confirmed that a 40 mph des', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => '', 'last_name' => '', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Make it more bike and pedestrian friendly and there will be less traffic. Lengthen the stop lights so that more people have a chance to get across, and turn left without being hit by a car.

', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Kit', 'last_name' => 'Hayes', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I strongly encourage NCDOT to revisit these plans and look at safer, more practical alternatives, including a roadway using a "road diet" model', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Sarah', 'last_name' => 'Haske', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Have you ever walked down the sidewalk along Merrimon avenue? ...  There is NO buffer between the sidewalk and the already speeding cars that whizz by...it is terrifying', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Debbie', 'last_name' => 'Johnson', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '33 Sonnet Lane', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I bike to work from North Asheville to CarePartners on Sweeten Creek Rd on a majority of work days. I bike within town to errands on Merrimon Ave., and bike to social gatherings downtown...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Amanda', 'last_name' => 'Lavallee', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '2 Killian Lane', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I see young kids walking home ... from school. I see folks weaving from sidewalk to street on bikes, without a clear and safe route to take. I do not think encouraging more cars at a faster speed...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Martha', 'last_name' => 'Skinner', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '18 Lookout Dr', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I have a personal friend who lost her son who was walking, to a driving car. Today my daughter wanted to walk to a park. I was afraid for her and discouraged her.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Christian', 'last_name' => 'Kaltreider', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I agree with the opposition statements made by Asheville on Bikes concerning this project', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Matt', 'last_name' => 'Christie', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I\'ve spent countless hours on Merrimon Avenue commuting to job sites and homes at all hours of the day and night. I also have two young children, and enjoy biking', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Reid', 'last_name' => 'Rhodes', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'The last thing we need in this town are more 4 and 5 lane roads with zero bicycle infrastructure. The list is pretty long on all the reasons that this is a poorly thought out project...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Deborah', 'last_name' => 'Bloom', 'neighborhood' => 'Kenilworth', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I\'m dismayed...a family is being forced out of their house... an access road... passes close to the Clearview Terrace apartments and lets out on Edgewood Knoll... alternate solution been investigated?', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'John', 'last_name' => 'Woodward', 'neighborhood' => 'Five Points', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'The current proposed design prioritizes the movement of motor vehicles above public safety, multi-modal transportation options, neighborhood connectivity, and local economic development.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Tara', 'last_name' => 'O\'Loughlin', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I am an avid biker...I have ridden this section of road as it is now and I find it a troublesome stretch of road. I have done so out of necessity, and the entire time that I am riding it...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Bridget', 'last_name' => 'Felix', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '522 Clearview Ter', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'We need to be forward thinking about this. The current plans that were presented are antiquated, irresponsible, and dangerous', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Chris', 'last_name' => 'Skoczynski', 'neighborhood' => 'Historic Montford', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'We’re going to need a plan that is pedestrian sensitive and suited to a large urban area.
Current plans do not meet this criteria', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Stephanie', 'last_name' => 'Mergelsberg', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'It seems to be in favor of motor vehicle transportation, with no regard to improving pedestrians and biker friendliness...Please consider the...Asheville in Motion and the Asheville City 2025 Plan... ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Jen ', 'last_name' => 'Rhode Ward', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I hope that a plan to reduce vehicle speeds, and to increase pedestrian / bike safety, will be implemented instead.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Louise', 'last_name' => 'Anderson', 'neighborhood' => 'Norwood Park', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'To be able to speed through a stretch of several blocks doesn\'t serve either people who use the road or neighborhoods', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Jen', 'last_name' => 'Woodward', 'neighborhood' => 'Five Points', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'It’s apparent that NCDOT did little, if anything at all, to incorporate existing city plans or ... COA ... staff and the corridor community in the development of the current plan...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Connect', 'last_name' => 'Buncombe', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'We request alternatives to the Project that would fulfill connections of our existing greenways, and provide for the safety needs of all street
users...automotive, transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Sarah', 'last_name' => 'Fraser', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'These types of changes to the roadway will increase traffic speeds resulting in more accidents and increased danger to pedestrians and cyclists', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Alyson', 'last_name' => 'West', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'this website lays out the many reasons why https://ashevilleonbikes.com/input-needed-on-ncdot-merrimon-avenue-widening-project
', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Carolina', 'last_name' => 'Allured', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'please remember we the people (who vote) work her, ride here, walk her shop, raise kids etc…', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Alex', 'last_name' => 'Deckard', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I worry if Merrimon is redesigned to allow faster cars more pedestrians will get hurt or even die. I\'d love to see Asheville become a pedestrian-friendly city.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Emily', 'last_name' => 'Muscarella', 'neighborhood' => 'West Asheville Estates', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'We want safe roads with the focus on moving all people, all modes! I strongly encourage you to listen to the voice of the Asheville community', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'April', 'last_name' => 'Brown', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'The proposed designs must be re-evaluated...Several existing COA plans were not incorporated into NCDOT’s proposed Merrimon improvements ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Katie', 'last_name' => 'Murray', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I live off of Fairview Rd. where two children were killed by simply trying to cross a road, and you\'re trying to clone this dangerous design for Merrimon', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Amelia', 'last_name' => 'Nutter', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 29, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I would hate for business owners to close their stores so that cars can drive a little faster', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Clark', 'last_name' => 'Mackey', 'neighborhood' => 'Chestnut Hills', 'street_address' => '104 North Liberty St ', 'state' => 'NC', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Please change course and listen what the City of Asheville and groups like Asheville on Bikes are saying about this corridor...There is significant demand in N. Asheville for walking and cycling', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'zipcode' => '28801', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Bill', 'last_name' => 'Helfrich', 'neighborhood' => 'Grace', 'street_address' => '40 Lakeshore Dr', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28801', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I\'ve been in the Yolo/Luella\'s parking area and the Yolo front yard along Merrimon everyday for last 18 months...This is currently one of the most family and bicycle friendly places along Merrimon...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Jeremy', 'last_name' => 'Poore', 'neighborhood' => 'Grace', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Please consider making this road safe for bicyclists and pedestrians while increasing potential customer traffic to shops so that more businesses can thrive here. We need a ‘Complete Street’', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Debra', 'last_name' => 'Frasier', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '86 Fenner Ave', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28801', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Together we have an opportunity to transform this dangerous street into something beautiful, befitting it\'s central role in such a vibrant, people-rich, urban center.
', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Susan', 'last_name' => 'Presson', 'neighborhood' => 'Grace', 'street_address' => '78 Rosewood Ave', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28801', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'A three week comment period is NOT adequate to get community input and buy-in.  As a conscientious and engaged citizen and neighbor I feel really ignored and left out of this process...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Courtney', 'last_name' => 'Fincher', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Please consider rethinking this plan in favor of something more pedestrian and bike friendly.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Michael', 'last_name' => 'Cleveland', 'neighborhood' => 'Grove Park/Sunset', 'street_address' => '31 Griffing Circle', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I drive Merrimon almost daily ... While a left turn lane at W.T. Weaver would be helpful, there is simply not the sort of congestion on Merrimon that would call for implementation of NCDOT’s proposal', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'John', 'last_name' => 'Measell', 'neighborhood' => 'Grove Park/Sunset', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => '...however, NCDOT sought no input from the City ...
The proposed plan does not take into account the desire of the City to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and local residents', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Angela ', 'last_name' => 'McClure', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I request that the City of Asheville and residents of N. Asheville have some say in the design and construction', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Nancy', 'last_name' => 'Hines', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => '​The meager  2\'bike ​lanes will also ​be ​part of the gutter! At present Lakeview Park has a poor \'walk score\' of 52. We should improve this, not decrease it.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Matt', 'last_name' => 'Pickett', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '55 Fenner Ave', 'city' => 'Asheville ', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28801', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'My biggest concern is that a 5-lane design does not take into account pedestrian or bicycle traffic.  I bike commute to work 1-2 days per week on Merrimon Ave...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Ben', 'last_name' => 'Shirley', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I agree with the findings submitted by the local organization Asheville on Bikes that the plan should be changed to increase bike and pedestrian safety and that the DOT should work with the city...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Keaton', 'last_name' => 'Hill', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I urge the NCDOT Division 13 to follow existing NCDOT Transportation Policy regarding active transportation, including NCDOT’s Complete Street Policy and offer the public alternatives', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Aimee', 'last_name' => 'Ellingsen', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 28, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'NCDOT should instead be planning for a complete street that increases safety for the many walkers and cyclists...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Nanci', 'last_name' => 'Mackey', 'neighborhood' => 'Chestnut Hills', 'street_address' => '104 North Liberty St ', 'state' => 'NC', 'comment_date' => 'January 27, 2018', 'pullquote' => '"We would love a safe way to ride our bikes to the many wonderful local businesses just up this community road"', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Rich', 'last_name' => 'Owings', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 27, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Connect the Reed Creek greenway on each side of Merrimon so that greenway traffic does not have to cross Merrimon. This should be done along the creek thru an expanded box culvert', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Nanci', 'last_name' => 'Flippin', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '29 Elias Place', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 27, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'It makes much more sense for Merrimon to be a "complete" street which provides for vehicular as well as non-motorized traffic and is much more consistent with being part of a neighborhood', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Bruce', 'last_name' => 'Emory', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '9 Sandon Circle', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 26, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Before embarking on such a major project, serious consideration should be given to a road diet for this section.  A three-lane road diet would provide space for bicycle lanes in both directions...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Geneva', 'last_name' => 'Bierce-Wilson', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 26, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'On a separate occasion another dear friend was hit by a left turning car as he walked in the crosswalk with a walk signal. As this street is already too dangerous, the idea of widening it further...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Al ', 'last_name' => 'Schlimm', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 25, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'We have reviewed the proposed design and are extremely concerned that it will not serve the community well', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Michael', 'last_name' => 'Craft', 'neighborhood' => 'Kenilworth', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 25, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I’d rather spend a couple more minutes in my car at a lower rate of speed so that individuals who choose (or have to) ride a bicycle or walk can get safely to our destinations.  Please help Asheville ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Eric', 'last_name' => 'Nelson', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '70 Barnard Ave', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 25, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Please, don\'t “improve” Merrimon Avenue in the fashion that is proposed. We don\'t need more cars moving faster. We need incentives to ride bikes, walk, slow down and enjoy the city', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Emily', 'last_name' => 'Kujawa', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 25, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I am disappointed and extremely concerned by the total lack of engagement with the City of Asheville, the lack of proposed alternatives... bicyclists effectively fending for themselves...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Heath', 'last_name' => 'Dotson', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 24, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I highly encourage you to work with the city to correct this and come up with a solution that benefits the city and it\'s residents, not just through traffic.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Coalter ', 'last_name' => 'Lathrop', 'neighborhood' => 'Chestnut Hills', 'street_address' => '45 Austin Avenue', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28801', 'comment_date' => 'January 24, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I write as a motorist, cyclist and pedestrian who lives one block off Merrimon... I also write as a parent of two Asheville City School students who must cross Merrimon every day to access their bus', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => '', 'last_name' => '', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 24, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I\'ve been down this road before. It\'s also called Hendersonville Road, South Tunnel Road and Leicester Highway and I am NOT INTERESTED in you guys repeating those roads over here', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Beach', 'last_name' => 'Hensley', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 24, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'My family of 4 and I run, bike and walk across the intersection of the Reed Creek Greenway and Merrimon Avenue at W.T. Weaver Blvd.  It is dangerous...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Pamela', 'last_name' => 'Cauble', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 23, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Merrimon Avenue does not need to accommodate more cars.  It needs to offer more pedestrian space and safer bicycle traffic. ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Justin', 'last_name' => 'Quinn', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 23, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I think that Merrimon has enormous potential to become an example of how improving bike and foot travel can overall improve safety, traffic, and entrepreneurship for the whole city to enjoy. ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Mary ', 'last_name' => 'Buttitta', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 23, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I might be in favor of a plan that takes into consideration what the citizens of Asheville want, which so far have been ignored by the DOT. I might favor a plan that connects the greenway and ...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Jamie', 'last_name' => 'Gilpin', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '174 Brookwood Rd', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28806', 'comment_date' => 'January 23, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'My father (Jim Gilpin) collaborated with Jay Swain before my father retired from the US Forest Service. He has spoken highly of Jay, and I\'m sure that Jay would be reasonable in addressing ...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Jeanine', 'last_name' => 'West', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 22, 2018', 'pullquote' => '...would I want to arrive to my destination of in the Beaver Lake/Woodfin area thirty seconds faster if I knew that it would cause [the loss of] someone’s life? ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Wes', 'last_name' => 'Gibson', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 22, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'In Asheville, we’d love to see more complete streets being built to support our cycling and pedestrian community.  These streets allow for an alleviation of the current traffic woes, while also...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Rachel', 'last_name' => 'Herndon', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 22, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I am dismayed at the lack of safety on roads to promote inclusion of bicyclists. Even the lack of simple sidewalks for pedestrians is noteworthy.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Jon', 'last_name' => 'Sarver', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 22, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I have lived in Asheville 28 years and I have spent lots of time traveling that section of Merriman Ave by car and bicycle.  I encourage the NCDOT to work with the City of Asheville and concerned...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Lisa', 'last_name' => 'Neylan', 'neighborhood' => 'Murdock/Linden', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 21, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I have almost been hit by cars turning left from W.T. Weaver several times. Merrimon is already dangerous enough, we do not need to increase the volume and speed of traffic.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'David', 'last_name' => 'Vorhees', 'neighborhood' => 'Norwood Park', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 21, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Rather than fast for some, we need the full scope of the neighborhood addressed:  pedestrian, residential based, parks, greenway, bicycle friendly and safe for all.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Michele', 'last_name' => 'Dohse', 'neighborhood' => 'Five Points', 'street_address' => '66 Montview Dr', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28801', 'comment_date' => 'January 20, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I attended the public meeting on January 8 with a long list of questions, few if any of which were satisfactorily answered. I saw very little that I deemed would “enhance safety.”', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Jeff', 'last_name' => 'Farmer', 'neighborhood' => 'Five Points', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28801', 'comment_date' => 'January 20, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'This plan also doesn\'t lend itself to any of the longer term plans set aside for Merrimon Ave by the City of Asheville... please consider alternative plans', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Chris', 'last_name' => 'Craig', 'neighborhood' => 'Kenilworth', 'street_address' => '4 Bowling Park Rd', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28803', 'comment_date' => 'January 20, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'The proposed plan would increase traffic speeds dangerously, making neighborhood pedestrian and bicycle use more difficult and less likely. ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => '', 'last_name' => '', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 18, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I do have some concerns re the Merrimon Ave Widening Project.  I will list some of them here...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'George', 'last_name' => 'Celtrick', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Hendersonville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 18, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'There will be bicycles on Merimon long after the combustion engine driven car is gone...how and why we use cars is changing fast.
', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Sam', 'last_name' => 'Yale', 'neighborhood' => 'West Asheville Estates', 'street_address' => '25 Heritage Dr', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28806', 'comment_date' => 'January 17, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'In as much as I wish I could commute more in Asheville, I am sorry to say that it is simply not safe to do so, and the Merrimon widening project, in its current proposal, is a reason why. ', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Viginia', 'last_name' => 'Bower', 'neighborhood' => 'Kenilworth', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 17, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'Many bikes use Merrimon, and pedestrians use it at their own risk. Is there no concern for either of these travelers? Even though both have met fateful ends in trying to get down the avenue?', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Nicholas', 'last_name' => 'Hasslock', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 17, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'New urban studies show that wider faster sprawl diminishes returns for the city. Diluting neighborhood culture. Cutting people off from their once walkable neighborhoods.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Rev Bruce', 'last_name' => 'Knoll', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 16, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I am therefor requesting ... 1) Partner with COA Department of Transportation... Asheville In Motion AIM 2) Refer to the Asheville City 2025 Plan 3) Consider the NCDOT Community Conditions Report...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Georgeanna ', 'last_name' => 'Connors', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 14, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'However, the current plans for Merrimon Ave are car-centric, short-sighted, environmentally reckless, and uninspired.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Mary', 'last_name' => 'Johnson', 'neighborhood' => 'Grove Park/Sunset', 'street_address' => '86 Kimberly Knoll Rd', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 13, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I purchased a battery assist bike with two big bike bags several years ago when living in Biltmore Forest. There is almost NOWHERE to bike safely in the city.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Adam', 'last_name' => 'Charnack', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 13, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'The City of Asheville is working hard to improve itself, yet it cannot do so with our commercial corridors ... devoted almost entirely to moving automobiles laterally rapidly.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Claudia', 'last_name' => 'Nix', 'neighborhood' => 'Kenilworth', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28803', 'comment_date' => 'January 13, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'The city has been recognized as a bronze level bicycle friendly community and silver level as a pedestrian friendly community.  We are trying to improve these classifications', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Susan', 'last_name' => 'Bean', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '12 Lookout Dr', 'city' => 'Asheville ', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28804', 'comment_date' => 'January 13, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'project seems to fully ignore the city of Asheville\'s years of planning for ways the Merrimon avenue corridor could better support the needs of local travelers...safety of the greenway crossing...', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'event_date' => '', 'first_name' => 'Eben', 'last_name' => 'Henner', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'state' => false, 'comment_date' => 'January 12, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'More pavement and faster car speeds are not the solutions we need for our already over crowded city. ', 'for_against' => 'For', 'permission_to_publish' => false, 'city' => '', 'zipcode' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Nick', 'last_name' => 'Kroncke', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => 'January 12, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'The widening will increase motor vehicle speeds on this road and discourage active transportation, which is directly against the goals of NCDOT and the municipality.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Brooke', 'last_name' => 'Heaton', 'neighborhood' => 'West Asheville Estates', 'street_address' => '217 Brucemont Circle', 'city' => 'Asheville', 'state' => 'NC', 'zipcode' => '28806', 'comment_date' => 'January 12, 2018', 'pullquote' => 'I am dismayed by the lack of collaboration and coordination with existing local plans', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => 'Jennifer ', 'last_name' => 'Murphy', 'neighborhood' => 'North Asheville Community', 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '28806', 'comment_date' => false, 'pullquote' => 'These changes are not designed for people, only for cars. I think they will not only endanger pedestrians and cyclists but also hurt local businesses.', 'for_against' => 'Against', 'permission_to_publish' => true, 'event_date' => '', ))
stdClass::__set_state(array( 'first_name' => '', 'last_name' => '', 'neighborhood' => false, 'street_address' => '', 'city' => '', 'state' => false, 'zipcode' => '', 'comment_date' => false, 'pullquote' => '', 'for_against' => 'For', 'permission_to_publish' => false, 'event_date' => '', ))