To me, the only thing in Hollywood as sublime as Hollywood Beach near the Johnson Street bandshell on a sunny November weekend after the tens of thousands of Canadians have made their annual invasion of the area during "the season" is this statue.
May 31, 2017 photo by me, South Beach Hoosier. © 2017 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.
My critical analysis of awful #YoungCircle plan that'll make #HollywoodFL #traffic worse, NOT better 😮= coming soon https://t.co/msCSCOfoZp— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
So far, the @cohgov CityComm has swallowed whole the #traffic consultant's #KoolAid🤥. Reality = VERY FEW #HollywoodFL residents were @ mtgs.— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
.@HollywoodFLCRA, who sponsored study, did ABYSMAL job of promoting pub. mtgs, w/ZERO fliers/signs @ #YoungCircle itself, or @ nearby Biz.😲— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
Walked #YoungCircle area week B4, day B4 and day of pub. mtgs, taking notes/photos. ZERO! Not even at Radius, large condo across fm street!😲— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
Did this 4 last 2 mtgs, and results = same. ZERO genuine effort by @HollywoodFLCRA to engage in real public engagement.🤫 Very half-assed!🤔— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
There were ZERO sandwich boards w/info abt mtgs to engage #HollywoodFL residents @ #YoungCircle on busy FoodTruck & FamilyFun events. Why?— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
Planning that shld've been 1st thing done once @HollywoodFLCRA decided dates 4 pub. mtgs. Very EZ to do, yet w/lots of resources, did nada.😮— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
Pub. engagement 4 #YoungCircle #traffic plan was absymal, yet if anything,, consultant's plan = worse, w/little connection to ppl's reality.— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
#YoungCircle #traffic consultant engaged by @HollywoodFLCRA was NOT able to answer VERY BASIC questions that were not subjective. Still.🤫— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
.@cohgov CityHall seems blissfully unaware of how much informed #HollywoodFL residents will resent pie-in-sky panacea being sold to them.😠— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
Upset at idea that plan will require them to have to stop in #traffic every time someone ahead wants to park bec plan is 4 back-in parking.🤔— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
Fact that consultant cld NOT explain how EmergencyVehicles wld pass clogged cars ahead of them on a one-lane road shld have caused concern.🤔— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
Didn't! Instead, CityHall says consultant needs more time! What, to learn #facts he shld already know by now, per savvy @SueGunzburger? 😮🤔😠— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2017
HOLLYWOOD - A grand redesign may be in the cards for downtown Hollywood's Young Circle, the roadway that confounds drivers with its one-way traffic and seven stoplights.
The ambitious plan calls for the removal of all the traffic lights and would give Hollywood a rare two-way traffic circle. Drivers in the inner lane would travel clockwise; those in the outer lane would travel counterclockwise, as they do today. Four roundabouts with landscaping would replace the lights at Federal Highway and Hollywood Boulevard.
Also under discussion: Persuading the state to build an underground tunnel at Federal Highway and Young Circle to give drivers the option of bypassing the traffic circle. But the idea is so new that Hollywood officials have no plans drawn up yet.See the rest of the article at:
Specifically, about Hollywood developer Chip Abele's soon-to-open Hollywood Circle project on the NE corner across from Young Circle, i.e. Block 55. That project will not only include the new and much-larger Publix, but also an upscale restaurant, hotel and condominium.
There's also Abele's already-approved la
Chip Abele scores success w/his #YoungCircleCommons project in DWNTWN #Hollywood, complete w/a #HiltonHotel. #SoFL https://t.co/S4SYMPT0Mg— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) September 21, 2016
He never gave up.
That little historical interlude makes me wonder something, and I might as well say what I'm thinking: Would it really have been too much to expect the consultant hired by the Hollywood CRA to at least know as much about the general area under discussion, both pro and con, as... well, me?
When it rains, transit passengers have to hide under Publix's canopy waiting for their bus then run thru the busy parking lot -and moving cars!- to get to the sidewalk and bus.
In the year 2017. It's #pathetic
Especially once you realize that the plan aims for nothing less than to reduce the number of vehicles that actually go past your business on US-1, WHY would you stay there?
This point was driven home when Comm. Gunzburger asked Mr. Lockwood several simple-but-pointed questions that he should have regarded as softballs if he was properly informed and prepared, but which he could not answer, despite being given plenty of time to respond.
In fact, from where I was sitting, towards the back of the room, right in front of Comm. Debra Case, he actually seemed to try to make light of his failure to know something important, which is certainly an interesting approach.
Mr. Lockwood's inability to answer her simple question about when the traffic survey he was relying on was conducted matters a great deal, because in this area of South Florida, tens of thousands more people live here and in next-door Hallandale Beach from October thru April.
A high percentage of the Canadians from Quebec and Ontario who are staying at local hotels and motels that cater to them not only use US-1 daily, but use Young Circle in particular.
And everyone in the room knew that.
Everyone but Mr. Lockwood.
But if you attended those Hollywood CRA-arranged meetings, you almost might think that only people at Hollywood City Hall and FDOT would be deciding everything.
They certainly were not aware of what the consultant wanted to do in the way of dramatically changing a major South Florida road into a boutique road, like something quaint that you might see in a small tourist-dependent town in the Horse Country of Northern Virginia on a Sunday morning/afternoon drive from Arlington County or DC on the day the Redskins draw the NFL bye week. (As I know from experience.)
And NOT at all useful.
After I shared some pertinent facts with them, they told me they didn't understand why if it was such a great plan, the Hollywood CRA seemed to be doing as little as possible to communicate with the residents and business owners in the area so they could weigh-in with their opinions, whatever that happened to be.
So, what does that tell you about the intensity of the public engagement efforts of the Hollywood CRA in the preceding weeks?
In fact, a few years ago when dynamic architect Bernard Zyscovich was hired by the city as a consultant to create a new master plan for the city, having frequent meetings in Hollywood to talk about ideas for transforming the face and image of Hollywood into a more dynamic, attractive and well-functioning community, especially the downtown area, meetings that I always attended and blogged about at the time, he specifically spoke about the necessity of opening up the east side of Young Circle.
"When you approach the circle from the east you see the back of the Publix and the loading docks," Levy said. "It would be great to connect Hollywood Boulevard to the circle. Imagine standing in the ArtsPark and looking east all the way to the Hollywood Beach Hotel. It would be amazing."
Now I'm going to change the tenor of this blog post a bit, since there was someone else mentioned in that article that I've had personal dealings with before, someone that deserves some of your attention, but not because of anything positive...
That's even more damning when you know that I was on Capitol Hill frequently during my 15 years in Washington, D.C., AND was present at many of the Miami-Dade Commission meetings concerning the proposed government-funded Marlins ballpark, and saw things there that I was truly astonished by.
just a few of the "Inconvenient facts" that HB Mayor Cooper and the City Commission seemed either woefully ignorant of -always a good bet there as experience shows!- or were afraid to mention publicly because they necessarily showed the Broward MPO and Stuart himself in such a negative light if genuine facts were to be discussed and evaluated.
So he got away with saying things that were simply not tethered to reality.
More facts about this project coming later this week.
My critique of #YoungCircle Roadway Feasibility Study -that'll make #HollywoodFL #traffic worse- = coming this weekhttps://t.co/SqJ11nFMqD— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) August 1, 2017
This was my response -as I balanced a laptop at a Hollywood City Commission meeting- to some one who agreed with some emails I circulated a few weeks ago.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 7:20 PM
Subject: re Young Circle Roadway Feasibility Study
I just got your email while at the Hollywood City Comm. meeting.
I'm still there at 7:20 PM.
I attended last night's meeting as well as the previous meeting and last night, Mr. Lockwood, if possible, actually manged to be even more condescending and patronizing of the public -and skeptics like me- than at that the last meeting, which is really saying something.
This, on top of his inability to answer basic reasonable questions, whether from Sue Gunzburger re the integrity of the park and the County's investment in it, to when during the year his traffic numbers were done, to other questions from the public, including about how
valid it is to allow one car trying to park by backing up to park, to stop all traffic in one direction, since under the plan, it'll now be one lane.
So what's his plan for emergency vehicles on one lane roads?
I had planned on speaking this afternoon under Public Comments after Lockwood made his presentation to the City Comm., focusing on the CRA's abysmal civic engagement, with no visible advertising via fliers and sandwich boards along Young Circle, or at the ArtsPark
Nothing at Radius or Starbucks or... anywhere...
So, the hundreds and thousands of people who attend Monday night Food Truck gatherings and the Friday night family gatherings ever week, well, apparently, the Hollywood CRA didn't think any of them would be interested or have something to contribute that was better than what was presented.
What would explain such a colossal failure to do the most obvious thing? What's the CRA's explanation?
What's their explanation for ignoring the business people who own and operate popular restaurants and stores who are completely in the dark about something that DIRECTLY affects them, their business and their personal and economic futures?
Trust me, I've been taking notes, taking photos and asking people who have invested in the area what they knew about it, and when did they first hear about it. Nothing.
So imagine how happy they are to hear about it from me, after-the-fact?
In the end, I decided not to rebut Camejo and Lockwood publicly today, and instead write my longstanding concerns via a fact-filled, photo-filled email to the City Comm. next week pointing out the flaws as well as reminding them of the city's longstanding failure to do basic safety checkups in the years since the ArtsPark was formally opened, and then post it to
my popular blog, Hallandale Beach Blog.
Trust me, I can describe the whole circle by heart and what's missing and what's wrong.
So why isn't the city starting with solving those safety and aesthetic problems first?
It could not be more obvious.
In my email, I'm going to offer to give them a quick tour pointing these things out, which, once you see them, you can't believe they haven't been fixed the past 8-10 years.
Today's "findings" by Lockwood are based on... 152 self-selecting people.
The "Usual Suspects."
But where's the diversity of opinions?
I saw far too many people drinking the consultant's Kool-Aid last night and today, rather than ask even, well, even softball questions, the whole City Commission completely rolled over.
It was a sad sight. :-(
Contact me if you might be open to meeting at Panera's or someplace similar because I share many of your concerns about this make-work opportunity for Mr. Lockwood and his company, who want the gravy train to continue.
By the way, his company will have to bid against other companies to actually do any of the things he discussed and proposed.
That is a fact that was never mentioned at either meeting but which came up today.
Not that the City of Hollywood has any money to do any of the things Lockwood proposes.