Lincoln Park's city council rep, Paula Lantz, recently sent this out to the Neighborhood Watch block captains, and she kindly gave me permission to post it here, saying "I welcome any input I can get." So without further ado, I bring you --
Just wanted you to know that I have shared the frustrations of the last Neighborhood Watch meeting, and the Public Works Director has volunteered to analyze "traffic calming" possibilities for the Lincoln Park neighborhoods. He is also going to do some traffic counts and speed analysis to see where the biggest problems are. If you can let me know any specific streets, intersections or blocks that are of particular concern, I will make sure they are included.
In case you haven't been by Lincoln and Como, there is a stop-sign there now, as well as on Gibbs at Garfield.
There has also been some recent discussion about revisiting closing some alleys. My suggestion was, that since each alley has specific "issues" it should be discussed at a Block meeting (actually, a two-block meeting since it involves two sides of the alley) specific to the alley in question. Any Block Captain that wants to set that up, I am happy to attend and bring the specific options available from Public Works. Biggest issues will be getting buy-in from owners of homes that have only alley access to their garages (easements can be granted for access), and the on-going maintenance of the alley. If it is closed to the public, then public tax dollars probably can't be spent on it.
At any rate, let me know specific problem areas for traffic, and hopefully I can have something before the next Block Captian meeting.
I should add (this is Meg, not Paula, talking now) that if other people have announcements or information that they want to get out to fellow Pomoniacs, email them to me and I'll post them. I reserve the right to decide that something isn't appropriate for the blog, but you probably have figured out by now that appropriateness (much less propriety) was never my strong suit, so don't let that stop you.