A week ago, Council president Tom DePietro suggested that the cement blocks being used as barriers on Warren Street could be painted, to make them more like these barriers in use in the New York City.
Since then it was decided, by whom or why is not known, that the blocks cannot be painted. On Saturday, Gary Purnhagen, the project manager for Warren Street Seasonal Usage 2021, advised in a post on Facebook:
I will be painting 3 parallel lines of reflective paint on the blocks in the way of oncoming traffic. I will be doing that this weekend. If you have issues or concerns, please contact me. Otherwise, the blocks are not allowed to be painted.
Driving down Warren Street, I haven't noticed any lines of reflective paint on the blocks, but the lines are probably only visible at night in a car's headlights. Last night at the Tourism Board meeting, Purnhagen said that reflective cones will be placed atop the concrete blocks "to prevent cars from not noticing the barriers." Several of these cones are already in place.
Albert Roberts, who wanted to share his thoughts when seeing the barriers for the first time.
The ‘Maginot Line’ Comes to Hudson.
Those of us who are old enough to remember World War 2, are probably aware, or at least have heard, of the Maginot Line. These were structures of cement and stone built by the French between the two World Wars. They were not known for their architectural beauty but rather were meant to intimidate. Each installation was heavily fortified.
Imagine my surprise a few mornings ago, when I took my daily drive up Warren Street. For a split second, I thought the ‘Maginot Line’ had been re-created and I wondered why we were being protected by our own Maginot Line of cement. Where was the threat coming from? Did the City Fathers and Mothers fear an invasion from Chatham, or perhaps Kinderhook? Soon, I learned that the purpose had to do with making a safe place for restaurants for their outdoor diners. Today I noticed that these battlements were not being used by the intended recipients, that is the merchants, particularly restaurant owners on Warren Street. At least 40 parking places, likely more, were sacrificed to this ill-conceived exercise. Delivery trucks could no longer get to the curb and had no choice but to park in the middle of Warren Street, worsening the traffic, and guaranteeing traffic jams in the summer and fall. I would like to know more about the planning and execution of these structures. I noticed that one of the blocks had already been dislodged by a car running into it. I eagerly await further information.At last night's Tourism Board meeting, Purnhagen also reported that twenty-three of the blocks will be moved early next week. Some retail shops decided they didn't want the barriers after all, so they will be given to businesses that did not make the deadline for requesting them and were put on a waiting list.
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