Eighth Ward transportation debate is Feb. 17

The local citizens' group Southside Traffic Reduction Initiative to Determining our Environment (STRIDE) will host an 8th Ward City Council debate on Thursday, Feb. 17,

6 p.m.-7:45 p.m. at Hosmer Library, 347 E. 36th St.

The 8th Ward includes the Kingfield neighborhood between 36th and 42nd street and between Nicollet Avenue and I-35W. The debate is two weeks before the first step on the 2005 city election calendar, the March 1 DFL precinct caucuses.

STRIDE is opposed to the I-35W Access Project that could reconfigure ramps between 26th & 38th Streets and change Lake Street-area access. The group's invitation says candidates will be asked to discuss Lake Street's future, Bus Rapid Transit and the Access and Crosstown Reconstruction projects.

For more information, call Ken Avidor at 827-0545 or see www.stride-mn.org.