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Uptown Update asked people who felt passionately about any of the proposals to make their case to their fellow voters. Today Gene Tenner talks about why he supports #8: SherMon Plaza.
I ask that you vote for SherMon plaza (#8 on the ballot) to increase safety, provide more open space and use city tax dollars more efficiently. I helped organize this critical project and can speak directly to how important it is to fix this dangerous intersection and improve our ward. You can learn all the details on the project at www.NorthSideSafety.org.
Why should I vote for SherMon Plaza (#8 on the ballot)?
SherMon Plaza” (#8 on the ballot) will improve safety and traffic conditions for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike in the difficult Sheridan / Broadway / Montrose intersection. The project will also create an open mini-park in our ward.
View a PowerPoint presentation on SherMon Plaza here.
For the past 100 years, Broadway has been a problem where it intersects Sheridan and Montrose, one of the most accident prone intersections in the city.
Pedestrian safety is a concern -- crossing lanes are too long and poorly marked, which puts pedestrians in the streets for too long. Bicycle lanes are nonexistent and cyclists face bewildering choices. For cars, turning lanes are poorly marked or absent, traveling straight through is confusing and turning is even worse.
So, the SherMon Plaza is a proposal to stop a century of danger, calm the intersection, decrease accidents, lower road rage, increase safety for buses, cars, pedestrians and bicyclists, create more open space and improve the local business district with increased foot traffic.
And, in the process the 46th Ward can create a new people plaza for residents to relax, read, grab a snack or enjoy a coffee. It can also become the 46th Ward’s welcoming park and become a great symbol of our community.
SherMon Plaza is loaded with benefits for the entire community, as almost everyone uses this intersection at some point: The intersection calms down, accidents decrease, road rage lowers, there is increased safety for buses, cars, pedestrians and bicyclists, more open space is created and the ward will have a great space for residents to gather and visitors to see.
SherMon Plaza increases foot traffic to the area, increases retail sales by retaining resident dollars, gains new spending from visitors and becomes an additional economic engine to attract new businesses. This safer area requires less in emergency services which saves the city money and deploys services where they are needed more. And, the 46th ward gets a new park and events venue.
For more information contact me at Gene@NorthSideSafety.org / 773-231-7731.