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The project has turned the corner and moved onto Elbow St. Congratulations to Allison Paschke for spearheading this drive to brighten things up in the District.
(If the City won't send a streetsweeper through every now and again, and if re-paving the macadam that passes for pavement on our streets is not going to happen anytime soon, at least things are looking brighter on the sidewalks.)
In an updating e-Mail message, Allison wrote:
"Many thanks to the Doran Building Condo Association for funding, and to Olin Thompson for helping with the painting."
"If other buildings would like tree guards, please contact me. If they pay for fabrication and someone will volunteer to help with painting, I will measure, order, help paint, and install."
Then she added: "If anyone would like to help me paint the bollards, that would be great too."
ORIGINAL POST: 5/22/2017, in which we saw Allison Paschke and her henchperson Alyssa Coffin embarking on the project:
First we get five new trees... and now it's flowers.
When 150 Chestnut St. got a tree from the City, and Brown U. sent a team to plant said tree, that was great (see District Clean-up Story).
Seizing the opportunity, 150 Chestnut's Allison Paschke thought that a flower or two could spiff up the newly planted tree cuts and an empty tree cut or two that didn't meet the City Forester's criteria for proper tree planting.
So, in late April Paschke and Alyssa Coffin set to work at brightening up the block. Phase I: exploratory planting in front of 150 Chestnut and across the street at 155.
Then 150 decided that bollards might protect their new, extremely vulnerable sapling and planted a couple.
Phase II: Paschke and Coffin have been at work, again. More flowering plants at 150 and day lilies planted in that empty square at the corner of Elbow and Chestnut. Now we wait for the lilies to sprout.
Small projects, big benefits for the District. Get ready: Paschke has further plans; she's looking for volunteers to pitch in.
As the District continues its evolution, so too, the street signage is a matter of continual change.
For some time, the traffic light at Clifford and Chestnut remained red for upwards of 5 minutes for Chestnut St. motorists. That situation seems to have been addressed.
The JDA did an informal inventory of missing, damaged, misplaced and otherwise confusing street signs and posted the results here back in May 2017. Since then, many signs have been repaired, replaced or installed where none existed before.
The situation is not helped by buildings that edge narrow sidewalks and create blind intersections. Taken together with the Rhode Island habit of running yellow and — not infrequently — red lights, there's rich potential for disaster.
But things in May 2018 are looking up. Not perfect, but improved. A stop sign has appeared on Hospital where it meets as a blind interesction with Bassett. Some additional Do Not Enter signs now warn motorists not to enter the wrong way at more of the one-way streets.
There's still work to be done, as the gallery below indicates.
UNREADABLE, CONFUSING & OBSCURED SIGNS