Friday, September 14, 2012
Newtown Ave pedestrian plaza rejected by CB1
From DNA Info:
After months of heated discussions, a controversial plan to build a pedestrian plaza at a dangerous intersection was rejected by the local community board Tuesday night, forcing the Department of Transportation to go ahead with a plan to build a curb extension costing more than five times as much.
The plaza proposal had many supporters but it also drew fierce opposition from local business owners, who said the space would affect their businesses by generating even more traffic congestion in the area while eliminating badly needed parking spaces.
The majority of board members sided with plaza opponents, while only seven of the 32 board members present voted for it.
Plaza supporters argued that the neighborhood needs more open spaces.
According to the DOT data, Astoria is one of 10 neighborhoods in the city that has the least amount of open space.
The need to improve the safety at the intersection was matched with the New York City Plaza Program started by the DOT in 2008. The initiative aims to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of open space.
Do you folks recognize the complete load of bullshit that the Bloomberg administration is attempting to foist upon you?
In 2007, when PLANYC 2030 was unveiled, the mayor's clearly stated goal was to have everyone live within a 10-minute walk of a PUBLIC PARK OR PLAYGROUND by 2030. Someone soon realized that would be impossible and extremely expensive, and now they have DOT throwing planters in the middle of streets and calling them "open space" and they think you'll fall for it.
You were promised PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS, not chairs on the sidewalk!