Nov. 23, 2005 12:00 AM
over the proposed South Mountain Freeway drew more than 2,000 (mostly angry)
Ahwatukee Foothills residents to Grace Inn last Thursday for an eight-hour open
house hosted by the Arizona Department of Transportation. As the conference room
filled, so did the public comment board, where residents could write their
feelings on index cards and paste them to a sticky sheet. Although they started
out mild - "I don't want a freeway in my back yard," "Please do
not kill the nice neighborhood we live in" - they soon got a little edgier.
"Forget it!" wrote one attendee. "ADOT is AZ's terrorists!"
declared another. One pro-freeway note bore what appeared to be graffiti, as the
words were crossed out in several different pens. Some cards with foul language
stayed on the sheet for a while but later disappeared.
"The freeway building process is personal and emotional for a lot of
folks," ADOT engineer Mike Bruder said at one point.