I used to not be able to get across it when my kids

Union Street and 8th Avenue has long been clogged, and dangerous.
Union Street and 8th Avenue has long been clogged, and dangerous. (Peter Senzamici)
PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN — Park Slope resident Joanna Oltman Smith has been calling on the city for 15 years to do something about the intersection where this week a woman crossing the street saw both her legs broken in a crash. “I used to not be able to get across it when my kid was in a stroller,” Smith said of the intersection at Union Street and Eighth Avenue. “That’s how I started my community activism.” Smith’s concerns were only worsened by the news Wednesday morning that a paratransit van had crashed into a 25-year-old pedestrian and left her with two broken legs. But Smith was hardly surprised. Crash Mapper/DOT data show 35 people have been injured in 166 crashes over the last decade.

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Let’s go! Future Community Board Six chair, and current executive director of StreetsPAC, Eric McClure has only seen minimal changes to the intersection, despite years and years of neighborhood advocacy, he told Patch. But McClure noted there were signs that the city was open to changes. “They made Union Street a two-way,” McClure told Patch, “and implemented the turn-calming bumps around the start of the pandemic…But I’m not sure how much difference it actually makes.” “A lot of the problems that were apparent 15 years ago, I think are still still very much present today,” McClure said. “Traffic remains probably as bad as ever, maybe worse.” Smith said the city for years has ignored the dangerous situation, despite hundreds of letters to commissioners, 311 calls, talking to city Council members and walkthroughs with DOT workers. “You know, it’s like they’ve just thrown up their hands,” Smith said. “And now someone’s in the hospital.” One solution Smith has asked for, a traffic cop, has been shot down repeatedly, she said. “You’ll hear all about staffing shortages,” Smith said, and many commanding officers don’t seem interested in traffic. McClure said he’s hopeful for the Grand Army Plaza redesign, which could have impacts stretching down Union Street. https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268761 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268781 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/269699 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/270870 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/270845 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268786 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/267997 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/267973 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268002 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268791 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/270850 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/269724 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268007 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/269764 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268766 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268801 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268776 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/270875 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268022 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268761/beIN_SPORTS_Netherlands_vs_Argentina_Live_Stream%F0%9D%9A%81 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268781/FREE_STREAMING_Watch_FIFA_World_Cup_Live_Streaming https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/269699/Netherlands_vs_Argentina_Live_Stream_Reddit__Crack https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/270870/Reddit_FIFA_World_Cup_2022_StreamS_-_Argentina_vs_ https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/270845/TOTAL_SPORTEK_Argentina_vs_Netherlands_Free_LIVE_S https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268786/Blacktie_Sports_-_Free_Reddit_Netherlands_vs_Argen https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/267997/RedditStreams_Argentina_vs_Netherlands_Live_Stream https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/267973/Crackstreams_Netherlands_vs_Argentina_Live_StreamR https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268002/OfficialRedditFIFA_World_Cup_Netherlands_vs_Argent https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268791/RedditStreams_Argentina_vs_Netherlands_Live_Stream https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/270850/++ESPN_TVshowFIFA_World_Cup_2022_Netherlands_vs_Ar https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/269724/LiveStreams_FIFA_World_Cup_Argentina_2022_Netherla https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268007/Blacktie_Sports_-_Free_Reddit_FIFA_World_Cup_2022_ https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/269764/TOTAL_SPORTEK_FIFA_World_Cup_%F0%9D%99%B5r%F0%9D%9A%8Ee_LIVE_STREAM_12 https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268766/FIFA_World_Cup_Live_Stream_Reddit__Crackstreams_Re https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268801/++RedditStreams_FIFA_World_Cup_Live_StreamReddit_O https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268776/OfficialRedditFIFA_World_Cup_Qatar_2022_LiVe_Strea https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/270875/Crackstreams_FIFA_World_Cup_2022_Live_StreamReddit https://new.c.mi.com/ph/post/268022/FREE_STREAMING_Watch_FIFA_World_Cup_Live_Streaming https://techplanet.today/post/bein-sports-netherlands-vs-argentina-live-stream-at-eddit-on-09-december-2022-1 https://techplanet.today/post/crackstreams-netherlands-vs-argentina-live-stream-at-reddit-on-tv https://techplanet.today/post/live-stream-argentina-vs-netherlands-live-online-broadcast-free-on-at-fifa-world-cup-live-09-december-2022 https://techplanet.today/post/blacktie-sports-free-reddit-netherlands-vs-argentina-buffstreams-fifa-world-cup-streams-1 “Given the way that the police department has largely checked out in traffic enforcement over the last couple of years, ” he said, “I do think ultimately, the design solutions there that’s necessary.”

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