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    Save the Human Powered Trails - La Crosse, WI

    Hello,

    It has recently came up via the La Crosse City Council that the city is looking into the best use of the land the Human Powered Trails are Located on. The issue that spur'd this is the City Parks Dept is trying to get this land to be zoned as a dedicated city park, which would protect this area forever. If you have a facebook account please log onto the "Save Upper Hixon Forest" page and "Like" it. Many of you may have never been to the Human powered trails or even heard of them, but it's worth the time to save a trail system...

    SAVE Upper Hixon Forest | Facebook

    (Note the Human Powered Trails are located in "Upper Hixon Forest" which is why the link is called "Save Upper Hixon Forest"

    Thanks,

    Josh

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    unbelievable...stupid developers can't stand anyplace that isn't covered in their ugly houses.

    it'll be a huge shame if we lose HPT.
    whatever...

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    I love HPT and grew up riding these trails.....heres a link with a little more info

    Park or housing? City weighs bluffland use

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    HPT are awesome trails!

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    'Cause if there is one thing we are short of in this depressed economy, it's more subdivisions that tear down our forests and natural habitat. Latest I saw was we could not build another house for a couple of years and we have more homes than families. And that does not even count the tons of homes being held by banks in foreclosure. Estimates with these homes is something like 5 years. So let's pave it over with a subdivision with lots of roads and long driveways? With no sidewalks or connections to create a neighborhood.

    Let's hope they have a little sense and see that the best use of this very steep land is a recreation park. And a recreation park near a population center is a real draw for active folks. Let's all get on Facebook and do anything we can to help.

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    Only rode there once but it was fun!

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    Awesome!

    Regardless of if you have ever riden at HPT or even ever heard of HPT in La Crosse. The cause is an important one since there are areas just like this that could be facing the very same issues. So even if you've never been to or ever intend on coming to La Crosse to ride HPT please like the page. There is also a petition that can be found on the page, so please sign that also. This is a very important issue, as there have litterally been 1000's of volunteer hours put into building and maintaining these trails, to believe the elected officials of La Crosse would not recogize this asset and the fact that the asset has basically came to them for free (aside from the cost for the land in the 1960's) is just nuts.

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    The LaCrosse city council is stuck thinking about tax base and how to increase it.

    Perhaps one day they will ask different questions...like how do we define ourselves as a city or as a culture when the personal automobile becomes too expensive?

    I find myself attracted to some of the things this guy has to say; its a happy accident that he's almost a neighbor here in MN:
    Home - Strong Towns

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    Here is a petition to sign.

    SignOn.org Beta - Park Not Development!

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    Bluffland park

    The council voted unanimously to make 160 bluffland acres known as the Upper Hixon Forest a city park.

    The city acquired the former Experimental Farm on Hwy. FA in 1963 with the understanding it would be a park, but it never was formally designated.

    Human Powered Trails now maintains a network of public trails on the land they say draws bikers from across the nation. More than 100 supporters of the public trails attended a meeting Tuesday, and thousands of people online and through petitions had urged the city not to open the land for development, as had been suggested in December.

    Read more: Referendums on billboards, council size go to April ballot

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