ErieCPR will hold a short press conference at 10:00am Saturday, December 15, 2018 at at the studio of AJT Architect, 1001 State Street, Suite 205. Adam Trott, President of the community group, reports that he “Briefings for the Federal Appeal to save the McBride Viaduct a.k.a. East Avenue Bridge that was filed on November 9, 2018 have been scheduled to be due by January 22, 2019 in the 3rd Circuit Court of Philadelphia.”
Despite being notified of this legal filing back on November 9th the City of Erie authorized commencement of demolition work. To date, most of the 12 decks on the south side of the tracks have been removed.
On December 13, 2018 at the Booker T. Washington Center, the demolition of the Viaduct, along with issues of connectivity, safety, the failed planning process, CBAs, local jobs, justice and hope were discussed in a conversation moderated by Michael Furhman with panelists ErieCPR President Adam Trott, Vice-President John Henderson, Spokesperson Michael Keys and Strategist Judy Lynch. The consensus is that long term systemic problems in Erie’s decision-making process have been consistently ill-informed and ignore needs and wishes of city residents as evidenced by: the demolition of the Viaduct, the planned demolition of the McAllister Building to make-way for place-less new construction, and the proposed 4-lane bayfront highway to move traffic through Erie.
The Viaduct controversy – and other issues raised by ErieCPR - continue to gain national attention starting with the front-page story in the New York Times, the professional journal Landscape Architecture Magazine and inclusion in the coming documentary, “An Erie Silence.” # # #