Friday, August 17, 2007

It's that time ...

Regular readers might remember that last year I was proud to participate in the 2,996 tribute to the victims of 9/11. For those of you new to it, it's a project started by one man who was determined to honor the victims of that attack. Bloggers from all around the world participated by volunteering to write a tribute to one of the fallen from that day and posting it on their blog on 9/11.

I wrote about Firefighter Gerard Duffy last year and I'm hoping to write another tribute this year. This is a terrific project and if you are looking for some meaningful way to mark the anniversary, this is it. Swing by the site, pick a name and start writing. I hope to read your tribute this 9/11.

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Here's the letter my husband wrote to Melanie La Rocca, who he contacted the last time someone was killed at the dangerous intersection of 23rd and 9th. He's concerned with another dangerous corner just a block away from where the recent fatalities occurred at 24th and 9th.

Melanie -

We had spoken a month ago regarding the left turn from Ninth Avenue to West 24th Street. West 24th Street is much wider than the standard Manhattan cross street at this juncture and is angled in such a way to allow drivers to turn left without almost without reducing speed. This is a half block from where Christine Quinn lives so I'm sure she is familiar with this throwback to irresponsible 1960s urban planning.

As you can imagine over the years I have watched numerous near collisions with pedestrians especially elderly from the Penn South houses and those laden with baby carriages.

The solution to this is to create a simple choke point where the curb is extended at the turn to prevent illegal parking and force drivers to slow down before turning. While increased signage is a cheap way to appear if something is being done to alleviate the danger it does nothing as it is ignored by the drivers and not understood by many pedestrians who have never driven a car.

You mentioned that the expense to the DOT of moving a drain is what stands in the way of creating this choke point.

This led me to an idea. Please supply me with the lowest ranking person in the DOT and their immediate supervisor who have the authority to finance the movement of the drain regardless how that financing can be accomplished.

I will then contact a series of urban issue bloggers and ask them to post that person's name and contact information. The context of the message will be that if someone is killed or injured as a result a vehicle turning left from Ninth Avenue to West 24th Street, that death or injury could have been avoided had this New York City employee funded the simple movement of a drain. Additionally we can copy this and any further correspondence to the local newspapers citing an example of how politics triumphed over human life. I'm sure at that point the money will appear.

I understand the usual method is to wait until the number of injuries and deaths reach a certain critical statistical point but I thought it more humane to repair an obvious hazard before someone dies. I'm sure, should Christine become Mayor, this is the kind of accountability she would like in her administration.

Thank you
Tyler C Hill
London Terrace
New York

Please contact Speaker Quinn and urge her to rectify the risk to all our citizens at these two dangerous corners.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

ANOTHER Fatality at 23rd and 9th!

Someone DO something!

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

How about it?

Clark Hoyt, the Public Editor for the Times, suggests that to encourage fewer spelling mistakes in the Paper of Wreckord misspellers should be required to write personal letters of apology to the person whose name they mangled.

I'd wager they'd all be so busy, they'd have no time to report the news.

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