You Can't Get There From Here
For those not familiar with the phrase “you can’t get there from here,” it’s a refrain uttered to direction-seekers heading to a place without a direct route.
In Barrington, it takes a different meaning. “You can’t safely get there from here.” The lack of sidewalks and roadside shoulders is a major issue shared with me while knocking on doors throughout town and in response to my Community Engagement Surveys.
This is a safety concern for children, a hindrance to local businesses, and an obstacle to community activity. We’ve taken recent steps to make town center more vibrant and to connect our neighborhoods, but we can do better.
Making Barrington more walkable promotes warmth and connectedness, supports local business, and safely enhances independence for youth. It’s not without cost, though, financial and otherwise. But with the right fiscal approach and a community-minded strategy, we will solve this problem and find a way to “get there from here.”