Dear Editor,

I am a PSU student, and a mother of a George Nettles student. As a resident I do resist the change as I use Joplin Street quite frequently. But like many long term residents I knew to avoid the street during class changes and look both ways before crossing the crosswalk (in my car).

Dear Editor,
I am a PSU student, and a mother of a George Nettles student. As a resident I do resist the change as I use Joplin Street quite frequently. But like many long term residents I knew to avoid the street during class changes and look both ways before crossing the crosswalk (in my car).

College students can be careless. They drive too fast and they do not look both ways before pulling out of parking, turning corners, or crossing the crosswalks. By closing Joplin Street these reckless drivers will be filtered towards Broadway and past George Nettles Elementary.

I personally do not want the young inexperienced drivers forced to drive near my daughter’s school. Many elementary students and parents cross the streets around George Nettles. The traffic at Homer and Ford is bad enough without adding half of Joplin’s traffic to it. I HAVE to park where my daughter crosses the street. If we get hit by a careless driver; who should we blame the driver, the city, or PSU.

I agree that it would make the campus more pedestrian friendly. Yes, most campuses do not have main streets running through them but they also don't cut a big swath through the town like PSU. What’s next close Homer in front of the Weede or maybe Rouse because of the Rec center or better yet lets close Broadway lots of students have to use those crosswalks too. How will we get to the other side of town then?
Joanna Patchin
Pittsburg