The installation of the concrete barriers along Warren Street, to protect diners and shoppers from the hazard of passing cars, began yesterday and continues today. Facebook is abuzz with photographs, videos, and complaints about them, and you have to admit that sitting in the street, unenhanced by planters or dining tables or merchandise, they look pretty brutal.
Gary Purnhagen, project manager for Warren Street Seasonal Usage 2021, said he was going to reach out to the business community about painting the blocks, adding, "We don't want kids to go at them with spray cans." He also told that board he was going to refer the barriers as "Donald Judd-esque blocks," saying, "There's some connection of Donald Judd to Hudson." Although he didn't explain his allusion, Gossips will. Donald Judd's daughter, Rainer, owns a house in Hudson and served a two-year term (2006-2007) as an alderman for the Third Ward.
At the Tourism Board meeting, John Kane, whom Tourism Board member Chris McManus referred to as "critic in exile," asked about an incident that had taken place a couple of hours after the first cement blocks had been put into position: a car collided with one of the barriers and moved it. Kane wanted to know the make and model of the vehicle. Members of the Tourism Board, who seemed to have no knowledge of the incident, suggested that Kane should be directing his question to the Hudson Police Department. DePietro later commented about the incident, "If we had what we had last year, it probably would have hit a person."
Tourism Board member Kate Treacy told the board there was "an overwhelming number of businesses that did not make the April deadline" for requesting use of the parking spaces and urged, "We should be providing for all businesses that want to participate." As it was explained on Sunday by Purnhagen, businesses that had not registered in April would receive the concrete barriers only if businesses that had registered decided not to participate. Without concrete barriers, businesses will not to allowed to expand into parking spaces. Last night the Tourism Board decided to allocate another $2,000 to purchase more concrete barriers to accommodate businesses now on a waiting list.
Update: Gossips has learned there has been another collision of car and concrete barrier. A car making a right turn onto Warren Street from Third struck with a barrier at Lawrence Park.
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