Sunday, February 11, 2007

New Resident Involvement and Traffic-Calming

Late last year, the Quesada Gardens Initiative organized a meeting to talk about the City's Bayview Traffic-Calming Plan with transportation planner Adam Gubser. Residents packed the community room at the Bayview branch library.

Students at USF, working with the Quesada Gardens Iniative and the 1400 block of Quesada, drafted emerging ideas to calm traffic, beautify even more of Quesada, and provide block organizing and identify opportunities.

The Quesada Gardens Initiative then led a petition drive to deepen the sounding of residents' concerns. Here's what we've learned:
First, hazardous driving has emerged as a top issue for Quesada Gardens Initiative members. In fact, the newly formed 1400 block group put it at number one on its list of concerns. Second, as the traffic calming plan for the Bayview (east of Third) calls for new permeable landscaping opportunities like those the group already has proven expertise with, active residents see extending Quesada Gardens "heart of the Bayview" further up Quesada Avenue will create a street identity and new resident-involvement opportunities that will do the Bayview proud.

The City seems to be listening. Please comment on this post to make your voice heard!

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