Joan Slafsky sent me word this morning of a response by the city to the neighborhood’s expression of unified dismay at its plan to put speed bumps on Blackstone Boulevard. Here is part of the city’s letter:
The City Traffic Engineering Division studied a number of options to calm traffic on Blackstone Boulevard in response to concerns raised by community members. A public meeting was held on Monday, December 14, 2015 to solicit feedback and gauge public support for their recommendations.
After analyzing data and collecting feedback from community stakeholders during the public hearing, the City will not be placing traffic calming devices – such as ‘speed bumps’ or ‘speed lumps’ – on or around the Boulevard.
It diminishes the action by the boulevard’s defenders not a jot to note that the city’s very thin wallet probably had even more to do with the result than the work of the defenders. But no! The city is perfectly willing to waste money by the bucket; the very high level of civic activism probably notified the city that the expense would be measured not just in dollars but in aggravation and heartburn among the planners as well.
This may be the quickest turnaround in policy since Napoleon invaded Russia. Congratulations to the boulevard’s many neighbors, who now have reason for an extra jaunt in their step this holiday season.