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Moratorium on street blades.

WHEREAS, Community Board Five receives a large number of requests for street co-naming, and

WHEREAS, a street co-naming blade will become a permanent addition to the proposed street corner;

WHEREAS, Community Board Five district is a very busy area, encompassing vibrant and congested commercial district that has numerous signs, blades, and other objects that can constitute visual clutter, and

WHEREAS, in an already cluttered district, the addition of street blades to honor a person, cause, group, organization adds to the confusion for pedestrians and drivers alike, and

WHEREAS, worthiness of a person, cause, group or organization proposed for street co-naming is a subjective matter that lacks objective principles, making the decision process a difficult one for Community Board Five and a painful one for applicants in case of a denial, and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five recognizes the importance of recognition of such persons, causes, group or organizations within the district boundaries, and instead supports ways other than the permanent installation of street blades, such as a plaque on a building, embedded elements on the sidewalk, for which applications should be filed with city agencies such as DOB, DOT, Design Commission, etc., and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five will notify applicants of its policy by a letter attached, therefore be it

RESOLVED that Community Board Five establishes a moratorium on installation of new street blades with the following condition:

RESOLVED, That throughout the duration of this moratorium, Community Board Five will forward its recommendations for denial to City Council and other city agencies.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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