Planter boxes along Adams Avenue add beauty yet negatively impact access
This group had good intentions when they decided to upgrade the areas under the 63 trees planted along Adams Avenue from the I-15 overpass to Aldine Drive [see “The Garden Angels of Kensington,” Vol. 5, Issue 4].
Unfortunately no one gave a thought as to the ramifications of this project.
It was bad enough to have dozens of ugly utility boxes, transformers, cable boxes and pedestals, protected by even uglier pipe barriers, in the parking strip next to the curb. With the addition of these in-ground planter boxes, 63 additional, valuable, curbside parking spaces were lost. It is impossible to open a car door on the passenger side to load or off-load passengers where these units are located.
It means passengers must exit and enter vehicles from the street side exposing older people and especially young children to the danger of being hit by vehicles and bicycles. It also precludes the entry and exit of wheelchairs from vehicles parked at the curb.
My wife is no longer able to walk and has to use a wheelchair. Most any time of the day there are very few curbside-parking places where one can exit a vehicle from the passenger side and transfer a person from the car to a wheelchair. If you don’t believe me, just try it sometime. Many times we have had to give up trying to find a place to park to go to various businesses along Adams [Ave.] and just returned home. I imagine the small business owners along the avenue would like to have that missed revenue.
The placement of these enclosures, trees and planter borders on the parking strips most likely are in violation of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
—Richard Bruce, Kensington, via email
Good work, Diane. Good luck to all who participate. This will surely add to the beauty of Kensington [see “The Garden Angels of Kensington,” Vol. 5, Issue 4].
—Mary Conkwright, via sduptownnews.com
Historical groups forge ‘perfect partnership’
What great news! This is a perfect partnership for the Historical Society and the new JAHSSD [see “Japanese American Historical Society moves to Balboa Park,” Vol. 5, Issue 4].
Even better, there already is an additional exhibit to be on display in Chula Vista. I look forward to visiting.
—Judy Swink, via sduptownnews.com
Cygnet’s ‘Gem of the Ocean’ outstanding
Truly moving and outstandingly acted. I saw it last week and was so moved, that I sent my daughter and son-in-law yesterday. [They couldn’t stop talking about it either see “Never let their stories go,” Vol. 5, Issue 4].
If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. …
—Roseann, via sduptownnews.com
Editor’s note: “Gem of the Ocean” ended Feb. 24. Their next production, “Assassins,” runs March 14 – April 28.