Around 5:45 p.m., this time near Dartmouth, just a day after a moving truck plowed into several cars near Hereford and 3 1/2 months after a firetruck caused a chain-reaction smashup at Dartmouth after a crash in the intersection.
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I think I'll walk down the center of the Mall from now on, where I just need to worry about falling trees.
Which reminds me: does anyone remember when, back in the '80s or early '90s, several large trees on the Mall spontaneously toppled over (no strong winds or ice storms)? It happened over a similarly short period of weeks or months as I recall, but I can't find any record of it.
I remember trees and large branches coming down in storms. Since then the Commonwealth Avenue Mall Committee and Friends of the Public Garden have taken on the care of the trees on the Mall and they are constantly watched by both professionals and concerned neighbors. They are pruned on a regular basis and treated for any problems that would weaken them. Sadly some have to be removed before they can become a danger.
The city was not doing the job so the neighbors had to step up and take on the stewardship of the trees. The same groups have also taken on the care of all the statues since those were also neglected.
It's almost like people treat Comm Ave and Beacon St in the Back Bay as de facto highways and the city should stamp that out with significant traffic calming measures therein.
that at installed every block or so? The Stop signs? I guess they could put crossing guards out there to physically step into traffic and slow it down...
....or people could stop staring at their phones while driving, use their blinkers, and stop double parking up and down those streets, causing constant lane shifts by those travelling through.
The laws and rules are already there, they simply need to be enforced.
Enforcement would work if you knew speeding down one of these that you were pretty guaranteed a ticket, but that isn't happening.
And lane shifts. If you are traveling fast enough that you can't make the lane shifts successfully then maybe you need to rethink driving in the first place.
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