From the people

An online comment:

I’m a 76-year-old retiree and I’ve been driving the road in question (N. Highland Lake Road) for 5+ years on a daily basis. I’ve never met more than a dozen cars traveling in either direction even at peak travel hours.

In my opinion, the Flat Rock Council is merely trying to assuage a very few people who think the new configuration will save them travel time in their multi-task busy lives. What? 10 seconds?

In addition, a travel path for bikers and joggers will, as most other existing ones do, get scant use and is merely an expensive and disruptive “status symbol” to make people feel this is a “hip” progressive community. It’s a prime example of the 21st century “in vogue” keeping-up-with-the-Jones’s mentality.

Flat Rock doesn’t need the road changed one iota, and we senior citizens making our daily round-trip journey to Ingles or CVS don’t need the protracted disruption if the project is instituted.

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  1. I appreciate the need to get to the grocery store. I dislike traffic delays. Travel paths for bikers and joggers and walkers, however, are not “status symbols” or a “hip” trend. The benefits are science based. A Harvard Medical School study found that walking for 2.5 hours a week— just 21 minutes a day—can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%. https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/walking-for-health By walking you can help strengthen the community too. The more people are out and about, neighborhood crime rates fall and the local economy improves. Learn more about walkability, an important health indicator: bluezones.com/servic…/built-environment-impact-public-health. I agree. We don’t need status symbols or to be hip, but we do need a safe and healthy community – and to be able to get to the grocery store without waiting in traffic.

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    1. Hi –

      Thanks so much for your comments. There are a few things you mention that we would disagree with. While sidewalks may be appropriate for cities and suburbs, they are not suitable for rural and semi-rural areas, like Flat Rock. Our closest grocery store is the Ingles on Spartanburg Highway—other than those that live close by, very few people would be walking here, especially in the cold winter or the rain.

      But even more important, the village of Flat Rock is the largest historic district in the State of North Carolina. Registered on the National Register of Historic Places under the National Park Service, Flat Rock is not just any village. The entire area, including its cultural landscape like roadways, paths, creeks, etc., is historic and deserves to be handled carefully and thoughtfully.

      N. Highland Lake Road follows an old dirt roadbed centuries old and is part of our cultural landscape heritage. With no safety or capacity issues with the road, we cannot support spending taxpayer money and taking people’s private property to change a road that doesn’t need it to build a path to nowhere that dead ends at Greenville Highway.

      Healthy living is important, and we support the Park at Flat Rock as a place for people to walk and enjoy nature.

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