I saw this posted on social media and it had a distinctly UniversalHub feel to it. It has everything -- a fine collection of local reporting by UniversalHub, a traffic accident in which a pedestrian was killed crossing Centre Street in West Roxbury, an effort to design Centre Street so that it is systematically safer for pedestrians and cyclists, a reactionary response from some members of the community including conspiracy theories, and an embrace of the plan by other members.
UniversalHub has been writing articles about each development which begain four years before Marilyn Wentworth's death on Feb 6, 2019, the day after she was hit by a car crossing Centre Street. "In 2015, a West Roxbury man suffered a traumatic brain injury at Center and Hastings streets when one driver stopped for him to let him walk across but another did not and slammed into him."
The question comes down to whether West Roxbury wants Centre Street to be a four lane highway from St Theresa's to Holy Name or whether the street can be designed so that it's safe for pedestrians to cross and cyclists to ride. Here's the social media post which seems to make street design for safety for pedestrians and cyclists a partisan issue.
Feb 5, 2019: Pedestrian hit, seriously injured in West Roxbury
Feb 6, 2019: UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: City Councilor Matt O'Malley reports the woman died.
Feb 6, 2019: Northeastern researchers proposed steps two years ago to make Centre Street in West Roxbury safer for pedestrians
Feb 7, 2019: Expect to see more cops, signs on Centre Street in West Roxbury; meeting planned on complete road redesign
Feb 27, 2019: Out of a family's anguish, a call to narrow Centre Street in West Roxbury
Jun 20, 2019: City of Boston: Centre Street Safety Improvements Presentation, pdf
Jun 29, 2019: Making Centre Street safer from Holy Name to Weld Street in West Roxbury
Jun 29, 2019: City proposes reducing Centre Street in West Roxbury to three lanes, adding dedicated lanes for bicyclists
Oct 15, 2019: West Roxbury against the world: Somebody paying to advertise alleged threat to neighborhood from bicycle conspiracy
Oct 18, 2019: West Roxbury against the world: Mailers not enough, somebody now flyering neighborhood with Centre Street conspiracy theory
Sep 16, 2019 Op-ed: West Roxbury parents call for changes to make Centre Street in West Roxbury safer
Nov 19, 2019: City will study other possible ways to keep pedestrians from getting mowed down on West Roxbury's Centre Street besides reducing lanes
Nov 20, 2019: StreetsblogMASS: Walsh Administration Capitulates to Motorists, Delays West Roxbury Safety Proposal
Systematic safety principles of street design: "The Principles Behind Vision Zero". Concept and narration by Peter Furth. Filming and editing by Mark Wagenbuur.
Feb 10, 2020: And finally if partisanship is the pro and con organizing principle, why isn't City of Boston moving forward with the best version of the road diet plan for motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists? Because in the City of Boston Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump 81-14.