Friday, June 6, 2014

 YES! WE DID IT!

MORNINGSIDE AVE CHANGES PASSED BY CB10


After months of focused work by the North Star and other community organization, CB10 finally passed (June 4) the DOT proposed "road-diet" plan for Morningside Ave.

The North Star has been working on this plan since the fall of 2011, and we are ecstatic to say that all of our persistence and broad-based community building has paid off.

The DOT has committed to implementing the Morningside Ave plan this summer, hopefully in August. We at the North Star will continue to communicate with DOT to ensure that the plan is successful and effective.

See below for some early local reporting:

  • http://www.columbiaspectator.com/news/2014/06/05/after-months-debate-cb10-approves-morningside-avenue-slowdown-plan
  • http://www.streetsblog.org/2014/06/05/manhattan-community-board-10-votes-for-morningside-safety-plan/


We have a long list of thank-yous.

1) CB10 Chair Henrietta Lyle and her fellow board members came to show real leadership on this issue. We've come a long way since a year ago! It is worth mentioning that CB10 is now the only Community Board in NYC that has established its own Vision Zero Task Force.  The North Star looks forward to working with CB10 on future Vision Zero projects.

2) Local community groups and organizations including: Church of the Master, St. Luke's Baptist, the Police Athletic League, The Harlem LEAAF Project (pre-school), Friends of Morningside Park, Parents, teachers, and administrators of P.S. 180, P.S. 125, KIPP Star College Prep Charter School, Columbia Preparatory School, and the Teachers College Community School.

3) Elected Officials including: Council Member Inez Dickens, Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Mark Levine, and New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

4) Transportation Alternatives (http://www.transalt.org/): Vision Zero originated with them.

5) You the members of the North Star! Without community support this couldn't have happened. Special thank you to our stalwart Laura MacDonald, J. P. Partland for his tireless work, Mo Sessoms for his video (http://vimeo.com/84496531), and Marianna Schafter for pushing us over the finish line. 

Stay tuned for a celebratory BBQ in Morningside Park. 

Finally, we are already beginning to think about the next project in our neighborhood. Feel free to email us with your ideas.  We will be holding a community meeting in the coming months to begin to put ideas into action.