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Make neighborhood safety a top priority
I was heartened to read that Woodlawn residents are receiving some assistance with the traffic problems in their neighborhood. However, city officials need to understand that every neighborhood in the city has problems with traffic.
In our neighborhood, we have been told for years that nothing can be done until a “traffic study” is conducted. We have been waiting decades. Surely traffic studies don’t take that long.
While increased police presence is one approach, and I’m sure a welcome one in Woodlawn, there are a multitude of approaches that cities around the world have taken to slow down traffic and make streets safe for everyone: pedestrians, bike riders and car drivers.
The Stockade’s Comprehensive Streetscape Plan (https://www.planning4places.com/stockade-association) includes an entire section on traffic calming methods that do not require more police.
The city adopted our plan in 2019 and so far, we have gotten two stop signs and flush bump outs on Union Street. It’s a start, but we need much more.
I urge our local government to make traffic safety a priority in all our neighborhoods.
If we need traffic studies, then let’s get going.
Suzanne S. Unger
The writer is Stockade Association president.
Hope Braver Angels prevail in Spa City
The May 14 Gazette article, (“Workshop’s goal: promoting civil discourse,”) by Ted Remsnyder, highlighting that a member of the Schenectady City Council recently reached out to a nonprofit organization, Braver Angels, to host a workshop on how to have productive conversations, provoked some thoughts related to the city of Saratoga Springs.
As noted in the article, Braver Angels seeks to teach attendees how to have productive conversations and seek common ground with members of opposing political parties and notes the City Council in Schenectady has experienced discord at recent meetings, despite all members being from the Democratic Party.
As noted in many media outlets, most members of the Saratoga Springs Council are acting without dignity and professionalism at the City Council meetings and while conducting city business.
The mayor frequently relies on the F-word in writing and in person in a manner that can only be described as tumultuous and possibly threatening.
Additionally, one commissioner refers to another commissioner as a psychopath, and another commissioner accused a fellow commissioner of slurring his words, indicating he may be intoxicated.
The CSEA Capital Region president recently released a letter stating the work environment in Saratoga Springs is toxic and numerous lawsuits are pending.
Although it is hard to change the behavior of grown adults, perhaps Braver Angels can help rescue the city of Saratoga Springs from its own demise.