Do you think that it doesn’t matter if you speak up, that your words and actions won’t change things for the better?
Well, it does work. The photo above is proof.
At the National Night Out event held in Poinsettia Recreation Center in August, our City Council member Paul Koretz was approached by a community member. The resident pointed out that there was no stop sign at the intersection right in front of the park, at Willoughby Avenue and Fuller Avenue. There was only a crosswalk there, but drivers sometimes did not slow down enough for pedestrians. As a result, there had been some near-misses of people trying to enter the park.
Paul and his office took this concern very seriously, and worked with the Department of Transportation to get all-way stop signs installed. Now, just four months later, the stop signs are in place, the intersection is less dangerous, and park patrons have safer access to our local park.
All it took was for one community member with a good idea to speak with one community leader who could get the job done.
Do you have ideas for improving the neighborhood? Speak up.
Thanks to Paul Koretz, field deputy John Darnell, and everyone else who worked to get this done.