Massengale Talks Downtown Redevelopment and Homelessness Problem
Wednesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, Lubbock City Councilman Steve Massengale joined Dave and Matt to talk about the previous night's city council meeting, brick streets, parallel vs angled parking, one way vs two way streets, citizens tower, the homeless in Lubbock, road fatalities, and more.
City Councilman Massengale discussed several issues concerning downtown redevelopment in Lubbock, such as whether or not we should keep the brick streets, should there be one way or two way streets, and whether the angled parking downtown should be changed to parallel parking. "We actually have a fair amount of parking. We just don't use it correctly," Massengale said. He explained that they are looking at changes that can be made for the safety and convenience of downtown parking.
Another topic the Councilman discussed is the continued construction of Citizens Tower, and an update on when we can expect a move in. Massengale said that the tower is very close to having the construction finished, and that early March is the time they expect to move in. He went on to say that he has been very disappointed that they have not moved into the building yet, however he is proud that they are still on budget.
The Councilman was also asked about the homeless in Lubbock. Massengale said that he does think it is a problem, and that it often affects his business and other businesses downtown and around Texas Tech. He is glad that people are talking about it, and thinks that we need to try and get out ahead of it. He mentioned communities that did not get ahead of the problem, such as Austin, Texas, and doesn't want Lubbock to end up like that. Steve went on to say that Lubbock needs to work with the agencies that serve the homeless to find a solution, as well as work with hospitals who have a shortage of mental health beds.
Watch the full interview with Steve Massengale in the video above.