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Community Views: Burbank sidewalk controversy

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- 1800-1900 North Screenland Drive

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — 1800-1900 North Screenland Drive

My name is Janet Diel. As a 31 year Burbank resident, long time member of the Advisory Council on Disabilities and Chair for the Barriers Sub-Committee, I felt it imperative to present my views regarding the lack of sidewalks on 1800-1900 Screenland.

For Seniors and Disabled members of our community sidewalks would allow street access to those with walkers, canes, wheelchairs and motorized scooters. It is discrimination to have them “move to the next street” to travel up the block.

Having sidewalks would allow access for families with small children using strollers, wheel toys and shopping carts and safety for dog walkers.

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Luther Burbank Middle School 3700 Jeffries Avenue Burbank

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — Luther Burbank Middle School 3700 Jeffries Avenue Burbank

Pedestrians most impacted are Luther students currently walking on landscaped /uneven grassy yards (dangerous/slippery in wet weather) or worse, in the street where they could be hurt by vehicles speeding down Screenland. 4 of my children attended Luther. We experienced “no sidewalk” dangers firsthand.

Burbank has been a leader in promoting accessibility and we want a community that is totally accessible for all citizens, not only minimally ADA compliant but “real world user friendly”. This is only one of many streets that need to be transformed, but it is a high priority due to the student population nearby.

Janet Diel
Community Activist

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6 Responses to Community Views: Burbank sidewalk controversy

  1. DixieFlyer Monday, February 14, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    Very curious as to when Ms.Diel first commented on this problem ON THIS STREET.

    In traveling on Buena Vista between Burbank Blvd and Magnolia, they have sidewalks that are crosssed by numerous driveways.

    When referencing wheelchairs (motorized or not) strollers and wheeled toys, I’m curious if Ms. Diel has ever publicly commented on how awkward it can be for the same folks to traverse?

    It will be interesting when we learn when and how these folks first developed their concern on Screenland.

    This outpouring of concern, and it’s timing is getting curiouser and curiouser!?!

    Maybe it’s high time for some of the “concerned folks” to take credit for when and how their concern

    This outpouring of concern IS cu

  2. DixieFlyer Monday, February 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    ….for when and how their concern manifested itself.

    Of all the streets with slopes, embankments retaining walls and fences this particular street was singled out for attention.

    This “meeting-of-the-minds” is one heck of a coincidence.

  3. Sad Monday, February 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Sad to hear that Dixieflyer can’t accept this poor old ladies idea. It seems like it is only his way and his way only. Poor excuse for a human being.

  4. screenland resedent Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    for over 50 years this st. has gotten by just fine without sidewalks.people can come up with 100s of reasons y we need side walks. the people that live on screenland do not want them.the city councle voted not to go against the resedent and voted no to puting them we have a reconsider vote.what the #@*^is this!!! maybe we should have a reconsider vote on each of the city councle members. seems that they forgot that they are the voice of the people who voted them in office.very disapointing to see these members useing ther power to go against the very people that gave them the job

  5. screenland resedent Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    another thing about these sidewalks was how the city went about getting the money for them.i have read the application and found numerous,lies or to be nice about it untrue seems the city will say whatever it needs to say to get grant money.the state of ca. is broke but the city of burbank has no problem asking for money for a project that the resedents of screenland do not want.its that kind of thinking that has put this state in its current condition

  6. Fronnie Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    Screenland Resident,

    The Burbank City Council wheels a lot of power. Residents should remember that the next time they decide to ignore a local election. Councilman Bric was re-elected by the majority of those who sent in or dropped off their Primary Nominating Election ballots last month. Politicians pay attention to those who actually vote.

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