A school in Saratoga Springs has a safety problem, again.
Lake Avenue Elementary is the closest school to our urban downtown and the city can make kids and parents much safer with some simple changes in traffic patterns surrounding the building. But change does not come easy in this town and some neighbors fought two parallel streets, Marion Place and Regent, from becoming one-way during school days.
Our community came upon a decent compromise two months ago: Signs were installed on these streets denoting temporary half-hour one-way traffic during student drop offs and pick-ups. Walking my 7-year-old to his first day back to school after Spring break last week, I was flabbergasted to notice all signs were gone.
It seems that without warning or public input, they were ripped down by the city— not unlike when, in 2010, the city filled our famous skateboard “bowl” with dirt rendering a perfectly good exercise facility useless. — that epic battle took a year and a half to reverse.
- Charlie Samuels