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César Piedra for mayor: Integrate public transport, Pedestrianize El Centro, Restrict mining, Upgrade current airport, Regulate development

Sábado, 9/2/2019

Hola, Todos –
Bonus election issue –

Mayoral candidate – César Piedra Landívar is the candidate for the Avanza (lista 8) party with the support of the Juntos Cuidemos, a Cuenca collective. He is an architect and former professor at the U. of Cuenca. He would:

Raise as a matter of urgency, a structuring of mobility through integrated transport. <I copied that straight off Google translate.> He proposes to have vans to take passengers to the Tranvía stations, and some city buses also feeding the stations.

Cuenca’s Mariscal La Mar Airport

Restrict traffic into the Centro Historico and install elevators and moving walkways to get people from the Barranco into El Centro. Vehicles servicing hospitality and commercial businesses would have set hours.

Require environmental and mitigations studies before approving any mining project with no projects in water source zones. In parallel he would have a project to defend wetlands, forests – essential for the care of our water.

Have the city coordinate with the Ministerio del Interior and Policía Nacional on security, but also consider improving organization, closeness, and solidarity among the population. He gave an example of rural parishes that organized their own phone trees which stopped livestock rustlers. <If you know you’re going to get beat up and your vehicle burned – stealing that cow doesn’t seem like such a good idea any more.>

Relocate the Terminal Terrestre with two terminals in the north and south. The old facility would become a station and a super market.

Key issues for Cuenca –

Movilidad en centro – He would create super blocks to give pedestrians priority and reactivate commerce in the Centro, and hope that people will be motivated to move back and live the houses in El Centro.

Construir parqueaderos – He proposes building parking lots in various sectors where Tranvía passengers could take vans to stops and proceed to their final destinations by bicycle or on foot.

Crecimiento urbano – He offers to establish urban development limits to regulate housing and agricultural expansion, for example, into Soldados and Sayausí to protect wetlands, páramos and motivate reforestation and growth in green space.

Mercado El Arenal – He considers taking the wholesale sellers out of the market a priority. The market would be remodeled with 2 parking lots – one for products and the other for shoppers. The itinerant vendors would be regulated and continue to work.

Mejoras en aeropuerto – He would not relocate the airport but make improvements so small planes could land safely. He predicts a new airport will be built in 2050.

Desarrollo industrial – He would make regional alliances with nearby cantons including Azogues, where there is sufficient area to have an industrial park, with good connections, to guarantee that there will be space for industrial uses. <Now that there’s a good highway between Cuenca and Azogues, more traffic will come.>

And that’s all for today so la próxima semana –

Jeanne
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Editor’s note: Jeanne’s Periodico is a translated digest of news from the Cuenca daily newspaper El Mercurio. If details, such as event dates and times, do not appear in the translation, they did not appear in the newspaper. The text between the carrots, or guillemets (< … >), is Jeanne’s personal opinion and not part of the news translation.