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Flushing: Take Care of People, Not Politicians

By William Pagenkopf Created: February 25, 2009 Last Updated: September 7, 2009
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Once again politicians have shown contempt and ignorance. In Flushing, for the benefit of businesses they intend to change traffic patterns on Main and Union Streets.

I would like to remind them that if they had built the bus terminal planned over thirty years ago there might not be a problem. If they make Main St. northbound and Union St. southbound, the result will be that people going to Flushing, Queens Hospital, and Jamaica will have the equivalent of a three block walk from the subway to their busses.

Sick, elderly, pregnant, et al. who were never given even bus shelters much less a terminal to wait in will be further exposed to the elements.

There is money for Stadiums, extension of the subway, etc. etc., but nothing for pedestrians. The stores along these routes already break the thirty-six-inch law, extending their wares out on the sidewalks, making walking difficult. Now it would be even more so.

It is time to get rid of these “machine” politicians who are more for businesses than the people who elected them and pay their salaries.

Restore the running and planned improvements to people who need them and know where they are needed and not to greedy politicos and their friends.

William Pagenkopf
Flushing, NY

 




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