PENDLETON — Residents of Northwest Despain Avenue in Pendleton told the city council they are opposed to widening the street they live on.

More than a dozen Pendletonians raised their hands at the council’s workshop Tuesday night, Feb. 28, to show they were against the proposal to widen Despain from North Main Street to Northwest Seventh Street. No attendees at the workshop save city staff showed support for the plan.

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The more I think about it the more I get upset! What makes these residents that are complaining about this project think they’re so special when the rest of the city experiences the same issues? Heck, at least you have sidewalks for the children to use just to get to a bus stop. Look around town, you’re lucky to get the opportunity for a new street.


The street belongs to all residents of Pendleton. If truth be told, the traffic survey that concluded that very few drivers stop at the stop signs on Dispain applies to nearly every stop sign in town. I recall a statement once made by a city official when a resident complained about drivers ignoring speed limits and the lack of any enforcement, “those signs are just a guide, the traffic needs to go with the flow regardless if it exceeds the posted limit.”

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