Some folks never thought the Beavercreek City Council would ever allow the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority to add bus stops near the Malls at Fairfield Commons.
Others who fought against the idea the past two decades simply wanted to keep certain types of people out of their mall and community. They probably felt betrayed by the city council when the measure passed by a 5-2 vote last week.
The fact of the matter is that the city council wasn’t thrilled about approving the request, as they previously denied it. The difference this time is that the Justice Department forced them into a corner by ruling that the city violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it rejected the RTA’s request to put the bus stops along Pentagon Boulevard near the mall.
As my colleague Doug Page explained earlier this week, the city would have lost more than $10 million in federal highway funding had it not reversed its March 2011 decision denying request.
The ballyhoo about RTA buses in Beavercreek goes back to when the mall first opened in 1993 and continued after RTA made its first inquiries about the stops in 1998.
Opponents feared everything from ungodly congestion to roving gangs of inner-city thugs out to rough up old ladies and newborns in strollers being pushed by toddlers.
“The new Corner of Chaos!!!” one Daytondailynews.com user exclaimed (note the three exclamation points). He or she was referring to years old news reports about criminal activities near Third and Main streets in downtown Dayton.
An early list of proposed criteria for bus stops would have created the sort of bus shelters you’d find in heaven outside of the manna store if buses are necessary in heaven.
There was talk about everything from heating and cooling systems, $150,000 deposit from RTA in case new traffic signals were needed to security cameras.
The RTA and the federal government thought that was a little much.
Here’s my prediction now that the bus stops will be put in place: Pentagon Boulevard will not be home to the new Corner of Chaos, cats and dogs will not marry, a leopard will not change his spots, Chicken Little won’t actually see the sky falling and there will not be drive-by shootings.
Instead, allowing the RTA to transport people from Dayton and surrounding areas will make it easier for people without cars to get to amenities and jobs at and near the mall. The game of dodge ball those who walking across the North Fairfield Interstate-675 bridge played will hopefully end.
It won’t always be perfect — it is not perfect now — but over time, few will notice the buses and those predicting doom and gloom from bus riding bandits will be proven wrong.
(Note: a bus makes a terrible getaway ‘car.’ I can put you in touch with someone who robbed a bank and then boarded a bus.)
Here are 5 other things you also don’t have to worry about:
Krok-ed out beavers
There is little chance the beaver statue that decorate the community will turn to that
gruesome, flesh-eating drug krokodil. The statues first introduced in 2005 for Beavercreek’s 25th anniversary are too smart for that mess.
The city won’t go ‘all hood’
There is little chance that vandals will use the bus to transport stolen copper wire to and from Beavercreek. Many criminals have 0r can get cars.
World War M.
Montgomery County residents have the same amount of ooze as residents of other area counties. By and large what they have doesn’t rub off. Brad Pitt can stand down. No “World War Z” zombie-like pandemic will happen.
Mass tree destruction
Bus riders and emerald ash borers differ in many ways.
Saggy bottoms contamination