Friday, September 7, 2012

Imagine: Fewer cars in is this possible?

On September 27, please join us for a very special Planet Southie meeting focusing on alternative transportation issues and solutions, including safety and access. Clarification: this is not an effort to ban cars. The goal is to increase safe reliable transportation options. Also, many of the people involved in this effort are South Boston natives; others are newcomers. All are welcome.

Join your neighbors and elected officials to discuss improving bus, walking and biking options for our neighborhood. This will include discussion of access for disabled persons.

With development booming, now is the time to come together and plan!

Thursday, September 27 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Distillery Building, 516 E 2nd St. Meeting will be in the main Distillery office, which is handicap accessible (across the parking lot from our regular meeting room).

Meeting Agenda:

1) 6:00-6:30 pm - Welcome/Intros/Goals for Meeting

2) 6:30-7:00 - Bus Access
- Issues
- Solutions
- Action Steps

3) 7:00-7:30 - Walking Safety and Access
- Issues
- Solutions
- Action Steps

4) 7:30-8:00 - Biking Safety and Access
- Issues
- Solutions
- Action Steps

If you would like to get involved in planning and/or promoting the meeting, please email us at

Snacks will be provided!

As always, all are welcome at Planet Southie!

Check out the most recent issue of our "Plug in Southie" e-newsletter here.

1 comment:

  1. Glad someone is starting this conversation, native or not. Oftentimes newcomers can provide a fresh set of eyes to a problem and provide creative solutions. I'm glad we're seeing townies and new Southie residents working together on this issue.

    Transit options (specifically bus service) need improvement, but parking must also be considered. I recently moved back to town and work in Dorchester. I moved away c. 2000 ... of course, I still was a regular visit to town to visit family. The parking situation has grown exponentially worse. What once was a merely frustrating exercise, in finding a space, has turned into a near impossibility on some nights. Overnight spots on East and West Broadway were comparatively easy to find 15 years ago. Now, good luck with that.

    It's time to consider putting a garage on West Broadway on the municipal lot's site. Adding a 3-story, well-designed garage would alleviate a lot of issues, especially traffic flow on West Broadway from the double parking -- which, in turn, would lessen the public safety hazard that, IMO, exists from constricted traffic flow, and would also improve conditions (i.e. expedite trips) for buses operating in the area. And, of course, it'll also partially solve the overnight spot issue.

    It seems like this event is focused on a multifaceted solution to these issues, which is good. I am as big of a fan of public transport as anyone, but focusing on that alone will not solve all of our issues. I won't be able to attend this meeting, but I'm looking forward to hearing about it.



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