By: Diane Benjamin
East Moline is wants to make streetscape changes to their downtown. See this report: https://il-eastmoline.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/6947/Appendix-D—Benefit-Cost-Analysis-RAISE-2022
See this graphic from page 5:
First, the report was issued on April 14, 2022 but they used 2020 dollars. That would be pre-40 year high inflation.
See anything else that screams: People are stupid so we can make up our own facts?
The document is a grant application, it doesn’t say who prepared it. Pages 15-18 show where the above numbers came from: Other government agency data. (The same government that didn’t get the census right)
All of the $126,104,251 shown as benefits are questionable, but the Health Benefits from Walking/Cycling is outrageous! If you believe benefits can be quantified at $67,470,073 then you also believe the Coliseum and the BCPA revitalized downtown. If you believe they did a $25,000,000 streetscape isn’t needed.
In August the Bloomington City Council barely approved spending $750,000 for a streetscape study. It won’t be available for a year, but get ready to see many of the same claims to justify spending your money.