At the Jan.5 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Todd Kennemer, Assistant Director of Public Works, distributed reports from the city and University police departments indicating there had been a single traffic incident during the past five years in the block on Joplin Street that PSU wants to close.

At the Jan.5 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Todd Kennemer, Assistant Director of Public Works, distributed reports from the city and University police departments indicating there had been a single traffic incident during the past five years in the block on Joplin Street that PSU wants to close.  In other words, this information effectively shot down what University spokespersons have consistently stated is their reason for closing the street: concern for student safety in crossing Joplin.


Commissioner Connie McGeorge asked Dr. Bryant at the first hearing on this matter, “Is there some ulterior motive (for wanting to close Joplin)?”  He answered that there wasn’t.  A gentleman in the audience at the Jan. 5 meeting also raised this question but University spokespersons offered no response.  I would urge members of the City Commission to pursue this line of questioning in hopes that PSU spokespersons will explain to them, and us citizens of Pittsburg, what each of the items is in the circular plaza they want to put in the middle of Joplin Street as shown in the University’s long range architectural plans.  Specifically, what is the Plaza of Champions?

PSU is asking a lot of us.  They want us to give up a major north-south artery that links many different parts of this city and reduces traffic on Broadway, Homer and Rouse.  In addition, they want us to pay for the plaza they plan to block the street with.  From my way of thinking, that’s like robbing a guy of his shoes and then also demanding that he pay for having them polished.

Bert Patrick
Pittsburg