You are going to put me out of business!
This is by far the most common and passionate complaint of small business owners who pour their life saving into their business. The following points could be used to try and calm their fears:
The use of raised medians in urban areas has increased in recent years. Raised medians restrict access to businesses along a corridor by limiting turning movements to select mid-block locations. Therefore, a very common remark at public hearings related to the construction of raised medians is that there will be detrimental economic impacts on adjacent businesses. However, the restricted access allows more efficient signalization and traffic flow along the corridor, potentially providing more customers for the businesses.
Ismart, D., W. Frawley, D. Plazak, K. Williams, D. Matherly, M. Fendrick, N. Spiller. Safe Access is Good for Business, FHWA-HOP-06-107, (2006) This primer summarizes research on economic impacts of access management. It is designed to address questions the business owners may have about access management and its effect on business activity and the local economy.