Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Power in Numbers

I spent a lot of time over the last 3 years thinking about ways to improve Kensington. I'm pretty sure a coffee shop would start a flow of business improvements (Picket Fences led to VoxPop which led to Farm on the Aderdeen etc.). The problem is I don't know anyone who wants to start a business on Church Ave. (or anywhere for that matter). Anyway! The more I thought about it I decided what's really missing is the cute factor 'cause we have stuff (you can't tell me Golden Farm hasn't made a real turn around) but overall the Ave. still has a little grit to it. I for one would love to see the area cleaned up and just jotted down a few ideas,
1. less trash around (more cans especially on Caton and Church corners)
2. trees planted along Church and McDonald
3. the bus stop at Church and McDonald to get new seats and signs
4. an EXPRESS F-train
5. a quicker turn around on graffiti clean up
6. a clear bike lane from Ocean Pkway to the park
7. local business improve and beautify storefronts
8. a dog run at the Greenwood Playground (fenced in clearing next Ft. Hamilton is unused)
9. family movie nights in the ballpark at Greenwood Playground ballfield
10. enforcement of the truck policy on Caton

My first step was to email Bill DeBlasio and Jim Brennan our local council and assembly people. I'm urging you to do the same. Tell them we need more trees and better train service! Tell them to set up a meeting with me and I'll give them a lot of ideas. Here are the emails.... AND