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"I don't think we've even discussed it," says Alice M. Massie, a member of the Monument Avenue Preservation Society for the past six years who just rotated off its board.
Don't drive faster, set your clock up - timesdispatch.com
"It will take about five more minutes to get through the Fan," said Alice Massie, president of the Monument Avenue Preservation Society - which along with the Fan District Association and other neighborhood groups has spent years requesting that city officials develop strategies to combat the neighborhood's safety and traffic control problems.
A big step was taken in November to find a solution to those problems.Four-way stop signs were placed at some intersections in the Fan to slow drivers.The signs first appeared after a traffic diverter was removed from the intersection of Grace and Ryland streets.
Last week the second crop of the four-way signs started going up at busy intersections on Floyd, Grove, Hanover, Stuart and Park.
"The Fan District Association
advocates anything that helps traffic calming," Massie
But other Fan residents are sending mixed signals about the signs.
While many are pleased that the signs have slowed traffic, others say they pose a confusing decision for unknowing drivers.Some even argue the signs will make matters worse.
"I'm wondering when two people come to the signs who will stop and who will go.
said it will take education by the city to break that tradition and alert drivers to the new traffic patterns.
But educating people about something the city doesn't fully support could be difficult.Last month the Office of Public Works' traffic division recommended against the four-way sign plan.The City Council's power to override Public Works resulted in the implementation of the signs.
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Signs replace diverter - timesdispatch.com
It was a misplaced diverter , said Alice Massie , president of the Monument Avenue Preservation Society , which - along with the Fan District Association , the West Grace Civic Association and others - has been active for years petitioning the council and public works to develop strategies to deal with Fan-area through-traffic.
The diverter , Massie
said , was not the solution.It forced a lot of people to make illegal traffic choices - driving through alleys and parking lots , making illegal turns , she
said.MAPS wanted the diverter to be tried , but the outcome was a lot of . . . it didn't work.MAPS
supported the proliferation of new all-way stop intersections , Massie
said , but she
called the changes , proposed by former Richmond Mayor Timothy M. Kaine , a stop-gap measure..
The ordinance was submitted on the eve of Kaine's departure from city government.Kaine had already resigned from the City Council to run as the Democrat nominee for lieutenant governor when the council passed the ordinance.
The city's public works department is not so confident that the signs will have their intended effect.
said MAPS and other city neighborhood groups long ago concluded that appealing to the council is only the next best thing to a real solution.
We're just kind of desperate.All we can get is stop signs , she
said.Everybody is trying to come up with a way.It's not just calming traffic , it's public safety , too.The city just doesn't see it as a package deal..
Farrar said , and Massie
confirmed , that public works has worked closely with neighborhood groups in recent months to come up with alternatives to the diverter.
The Fan-area resident groups are pleased - for now - with the signs , Massie
said.But they plan to continue to work toward a comprehensive Fan-area traffic study for real answers.
Besides funding for that study , the biggest obstacle to a lasting solution for Fan traffic woes remains the at-odds attitude between the council and its public works department , Massie
The saddest thing is that [ council's power to order traffic signs ] is what we have to rely on right now , she
said.But it isn't going to end because we got our stop signs..
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"We came up with the idea two years ago for the tree fund after the drought," says association member Alice McGuire Massie, because the city doesn't have the money or manpower to ensure the avenue's foliage gets the attention it deserves.
"It's ironic," Massie
says of Isabel."We planned this yard sale, now look what we have to do."
Organizers distributed fliers to Monument Avenue residents weeks ago encouraging them to participate and to donate at least 10 percent of their sales to the fund.According to Massie
, many have offered to turn over all their profits.So far this year, the association has helped plant nearly 30 new trees.And because of Isabel's prolific and still-evident damage - more than a dozen tremendous oaks were toppled along Monument from Belmont to Roseneath - the group will have to plant even more next year.The preservation group also is developing a 20-year plan for the trees. Saturday's
multiblock yard sale will take place "from J.E.B. Stuart to Arthur Ashe on the sidewalks," Massie
says, instinctively indicating the boundaries by statues rather than by streets.She
not sure how many residents plan to purge their houses for the event or what kind of sundries will line the sidewalks, but she
hopes people will expect the best and come in droves.
"Between the monuments, the trees and the houses," Massie
says, "it's why people love to stroll or drive down Monument."