Please read an editorial about traffic issues written by one of our residents.
As I write this, it is a warm August Saturday evening, just after 9:30 PM. I have spent the last 30 minutes alongside Leon Washington, helping a Wal-Mart 53′ trailer (that’s the REALLY big one) back-up 1/5 mile to Paddock Rd, because the driver realized he could not navigate the streets of Paddock Hills only moments before he nearly plowed over a small tree in Gari Silverblatt’s front yard. Had he not been stopped by a PH resident, he most certainly would have. Earlier today, I watched as two cars approached from different directions, stopped in front of my house and made what was an obvious drug trade. This morning I picked up White Castle remains in my front yard, and this very moment my windows are rattling from a passing car blasting “music”. Every one of these vehicles were from somewhere else.
Friends and neighbors, we have got to do something about the cut-through traffic that is plaguing–yes plaguing–our fair streets.
I’ve had the pleasure to call Paddock Hills home for about eleven years now, living along the “Z” at the corner of Avon Drive and Paddock Hills Lane. (I refer to the cut-through of Avon Drive/Paddock Hills Ln/Paddock Hills Ave as the “Z”.) It’s been a great spot to get to know people, and also witness what goes on in our streets, the good and the bad. My son Gus was a baby when I moved here, and he and his sister Zoe grew up knowing–much like the other neighborhood kids–that without exception you don’t ride your bike anywhere on the “Z” because some knucklehead can run a stop sign and clock 50 mph, even with our speed humps.
All told, 1/3 of the homes located in eastern Paddock Hills are along the “Z”. More than 1/2 of all homes are likely subject to the noise issue. Everyone who drives up the hill on Avon (that’s probably 100% of the homes) likely gets stuck trying to pullover allowing the east-bound car passage. My point is, no matter where you live, this traffic affects you. So, “why don’t you move?”, you might ask. The answer is simple. Just like you, I love this neighborhood, and I want to see it prosper. I have invested heavily and in fact continue to do so. Plus, I don’t think this issue is something we must simply accept as “life in the city”. There are methods to actually fix this problem, to bring safety back to the streets, reduce the nuisance factor and still allow access for all. It’s the non-resident pass-through abuse we can–and in my opinion should–eliminate.
I have my own ideas, but as a PH trustee I’m curious what you think of this issue. Hit me up at email@example.com and sound off. Depending on the feedback, perhaps we can make this the subject of a community meeting.
1283 Avon Drive
Well said Jake, I agree that we need to do something.