The reindeer games continue between the County and City and as usual the taxpayer ends up getting cheated and we are all left with a really dangerous street, which apparently the County and City both find acceptable.
Here’s an email I received from Transit Miami friend Wendy Stephan.
I’m writing to you about a problem here in Buena Vista East/Design District. I’ve attached a letter I sent below about the problem. After residents sent about 100 letters, the City of Miami (particularly the Mayor’s office) was responsive, but our understanding is that the County is in charge of the project. The latest twist is that the County says they handed the project off to the City at some point (?!). It seems the project just stalled out halfway done. I am sure you’ve noticed how dangerous NE 2nd Avenue is these days – potholes, angled light poles, and no street markings!! This seems to be a good issue for your blog. Thanks.
Here’s the email sent to city, county neighbors, etc., on June 10:
Dear Commissioner Edmonson,
I would like to add my voice to the chorus of District 3 residents and business owners concerned about the unsafe situation and lack of progress on the street improvements on NE 2nd Avenue in the Buena Vista/Design District area. Because the street improvement project seems to be stalled with work halfway done — old lighting removed, street surface damaged, striping not visible — the situation that currently exists is very dangerous, and one young woman was killed crossing the street on a dark night in March.
This area has recently seen the wonderful development of several businesses, some owned by residents, that cater to our broader community. These businesses have generated both car and pedestrian traffic along this corridor. County buses pick up passengers along this road. Students have been crossing this street daily on their way to DASH, Miami Arts Charter and Archbishop Curley Notre Dame schools. We need the long-promised improvements to the street completed to improve safety, functionality and the appearance of this street. The project, already funded and initiated, includes multiple safety features, including:· Adequate sidewalks
· Parking lanes
· Bike lanes
· Clear street striping
· Functional street lighting
· Maintenance for the large swale trees, additional trees/green where possible.
What happened to this project? We demand answers and a clear timeline for its completion. Residents and patrons of our businesses should not be placed at such high risk. Thank you for your prompt response.
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