As a faculty member, I have walked and driven around PSU for over 35 years and have always felt quite safe, except for a couple of instances when students darted across Broadway.
As a faculty member, I have walked and driven around PSU for over 35 years and have always felt quite safe, except for a couple of instances when students darted across Broadway. Over the last year I have driven on interstates and in rush hour traffic in large cities on the East coast. Over the years I have walked in many of the largest cities in America. I had a friend who was killed when crossing a street in St. Louis. I was incredulous when it was suggested that Joplin and Lindburg presented serious safety concerns. In my experience, the Wal-Mart parking lot in Pittsburg is far more potentially dangerous than anything on campus.
There was a study commissioned to study and make recommendations regarding safety issues on Joplin Street. When asked to make recommendations to improve safety, that is what they did. That is what commissions of this type do. That’s their job. What we are dealing with in this case is college students and other adults, not school children.
Anywhere pedestrians and automobiles cross paths, there is a safety issue, or a potential safety issue. There is always some risk. The question is one of degree. We do not live our lives in wombs or in cocoons. There has been no data presented to justify anything out of the ordinary on these streets. If the data is there, why has it not reached the light of day? We simply cannot remove all risk from these situations.
Russell L. Jones