The park that we so love and have used many times for our outdoor events has been being slowly brought down to it’s bare minimum. As you can see here by these past posts:
Our very own Events Administrator, Jill Romanelli has been trying hard to save the parks in our city. She even wrote to the Major in the Florentine:
We need to get on board and fight for our children’s playground not the touristic parks like the rose garden, iris garden, Boboli etc Parks that children have play grounds with apparatuses so they can learn and develop their skills. When he mentions
park or garden no more than 10 minutes away
I hope he is not counting the dog parks, most of them are not fit for children running around or rolling in the grass.
I am not happy with his response to her question or even other serious questions in the past. I had mentioned the light issues and street issues in a past letter as well:
Write the Mayor dated June 7th 2012
My main question was this and I wrote on behalf of the Network:
Consider just one example where lights are needed: Where via Giovanni Della Casa merges onto via Pisana and then onto via Aleardi, there is one light on the connection of viale Ludovico Ariosto. Cars and motorcycles race down those streets to the light on that corner, yet many children have to cross via Pisana and Aleardi in those areas (in front of the Esselunga, to piazza Pier Vettori, Monte Oliveto) to go to and from the schools at Gramsci, Petrarca and other schools. Moreover, the pedestrian call button at that light has been nonfunctioning for almost a year. There is no light on via Felice Cavallotti, where just crossing from one side to the other is a big problem during rush-hour traffic. Parents complain that the area is very dangerous for their children. I myself have almost been hit by cars passing the lone motorist who obeys the rules and has yielded to the pedestrian in the cross walk. What can be done about these dangerous areas, especially for our children going and coming from school?
Since his response of great concern, nothing has changed in the area I mentioned where a few schools are located and many children go to these schools. The cars still have access to zoom down the street to come to a stop suddenly if the light so happens to change by the 20 minute timer it has on it. The button still does not work.
Here is project David that received 25 million for the streets. Anyone else see any wonderful changes because of this project?
Truthfully I feel that our concerns for safety of the children and the welfare of families is completely ignored but there is a money hungry desire to bring tourist into the city.
What are your concerns and how do you feel?