Letter: Portland should close Franklin St. gates

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Every Portland city councilor has either heard or read my continued (going back over six years) complaints concerning the gate openings allowing the unsafe and illegal crossing of Franklin Street. Are the future plans for this area going to continue to allow this dangerous situation to go unaddressed? Would immediately closing the three gate openings at Lancaster, Oxford, and Federal streets have any adverse effect on the planning of Franklin Street’s future? Is the urban planning process more important that avoiding the death or serious injury of just one pedestrian, car driver, or child? Since these gate openings on the east side of Franklin do not allow access to either a sidewalk or crosswalk, but open directly onto the street, is the city liable for any accidents that may occur? Please do the right thing and order the Public Service Department to close off these gate openings and repair the fence along Franklin Street.

Jay York