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Self-Satisfied


A mobility plan including traffic-calming devices common in other cities was defeated in ballots returned from the combined Oak Park and Samarkand neighborhoods to the city’s Public Works Department. In an earlier neighborhood ballot poll, the mobility plan was approved; a determined campaign by anti-calming activist Michael Self (pictured), however, managed a decisive reversal. Self demanded that the neighborhood balloting be redone with checkbox options for “oppose” as well as “support” of the mobility plan, developed by city staff and homeowners in a series of meetings. Self went door-to-door arguing that the city’s true intention was not to smooth traffic flow with devices such as mini-roundabouts, nor to make neighborhoods safer, but to make driving inconvenient so people would prefer alternatives like bikes and buses. The plan needed a supermajority.



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