To the concerned citizens who posted handbills all over the South end of Angell Street, right off Wayland Square –
I give you an â€˜Aâ€™ for effort. You not only covered every telephone pole, sometimes twice, but you chose a screaming flourescent green color that is impossible to ignore. Unfortunately I have to give you an â€˜Fâ€™ for public relations. You are anonymous. When you urge us to â€˜Call our reps and RIPTA and voice your protest today!!!â€™ donâ€™t expect me to jump.
â€œYOUR PROPERTY VALUE JUST WENT DOWN, due to NOISE and AIR POLLUTION, TRASH, LOITERING, and SHAKING STRUCTURES (OUR HOMES)!!!â€?
I think you would do better to ask your neighbors why a lawn the size of a handkerchief requires a giant truck, three guys with leaf blowers, two guys with power mowers and an underground sprinkler system to keep it green. You canâ€™t enjoy the beautiful walk down Elmgrove Ave for the excruciating noise and diesel fumes. Not to mention the workers without ear protection or dust masks. What are they, expendable? Just imagine the whir of a hand mower and the smell of cut grass. Imagine it, because youâ€™ll seldom see it.
And the traffic. There must be a sale on Hummers, because theyâ€™re everywhere — clogging our narrow streets and parked on corners so that you canâ€™t see whatâ€™s coming. Also, summer is motorcycle season. Fuel efficient, but way noisier than buses.
Maybe itâ€™s the â€˜loiteringâ€™. Letâ€™s clarify. — waiting for the bus is not loitering. Anyone who wants to loiter in Wayland Square has had easy access via several bus routes since the dawn of time, and they can even stop off at the Salvation Army while theyâ€™re there. Adding a stop will not change anything, except maybe to make using the bus more convenient.
Why is this important? Because gas is not getting cheaper. Because good public transit would aid employment, and relieve people of the necessity to maintain a P.O.S. car in order to work. A really good public transit system might persuade some drivers who need to hang up their license to finally do it — and you East Siders know what I am talking about.
So, you anonymous people who posted the handbill — thanks for the contact info. Iâ€™ve already emailed all the people on it to declare my support for making RIPTA as accessible and convenient as possible, and Iâ€™m reproducing the list hereâ€”
Councilman Cliff Wood 521-7477 Cliff@councilmancliff.com
Senator Rhoda E. Perry 222-1734 x711 Senfirstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Edith A. Ajello Repemail@example.com
Representative David A. Segal Repfirstname.lastname@example.org
If you think that public transit is one of the solutions to pollution, gridlock and dependence on foreign oil then contact them and show your support.