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Plz read: Yesterday's Tour & Party, meeting this week with Councilman Squilla, how to....

From: Lynn L.
Sent on: Monday, March 4, 2013 2:25 PM


--- Members of PSSS will be meeting this week with Councilman Mark Squilla, the chair of the Streets Committee, on the subject of 'plumbers patches'.  He agrees that something must be done about them. 

--- Our First Annual Restoration Tour and Party was well attended, enjoyable, and very informational.  Many of those of you who attended have related backgrounds and important things to say about how to save our historic streets, both structurally, politically, and financially.  We will talk more about that in future emails.

--- The results of the work done on our historic streets in 2012 was somewhat predictable:  In general the streets look great (200 blocks of Jessup and Warnock, 1300 blocks of Cypress and Panama).  However, the mortar between the bricks is crumbling in many places, the streets are not porous and are therefore holding water, and the Belgium blocks are placed too far apart for safe and comfortable walking and riding (in cars or on bikes).  On Jessup Street there is a new crack straight across the road just next to our house (217), breaking one of our old granite gutter stone in half.  We believe that the crack is the result of the concrete being laid in one continuous stretch and encompassing all the street elements, not allowing for any breaks and therefore no 'give'. 

--- Regarding which streets are to be repaired this year or next, as far as we know, that decision has not been made yet.  If your street needs restoration, we recommend that you gather signatures as soon as possible from your neighbors and any nearby historic street residents and email them to the government officials listed on our "About us" page.  The Streets Department likes to restore these streets in clusters.  So, it is a good idea to suggest other nearby streets for restoration at the same time.  If you want to keep us in the loop, that would be appreciated.  We will lend assistance where we can, but it is critical for historic street residents to organize and lobby their government representatives and officials, understanding that there is usually competition for scarce financial resources.

We will let you know how the meeting with Councilman Squilla went.  Don't hesitate to call or email us with any comments or questions.

Lynn and Cliff Landes


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