At the fourth public meeting a proposal was introduced to reduce congestion at the Bennington/Porter/Meridian street intersection. The proposal is to make Bennington Street one-way for one block outbound from Merdian Street to London Street. This would significantly reduce the number of conflicts and delays at the Bennington/Porter/Meridian street intersection while having minor impacts on surrounding streets. While there was general support for the proposal, it still needs to be reviewed by other parties including Bennington Street merchants and area residents who were unable to attend the meeting.
The benefits of reverse angle parking were also discussed for the area across from the East Boston Social Center (Central Square South). There was general support for installing reverse angle parking in this location, given low speeds and traffic volumes and safety benefits.
NOAH and the youth organization EC3 provided an educational piece on "Blue Cities" (also called "green streets") in which stormwater is captured in the soil using pervious pavements, rain gardens, and stormwater tree planters. BTD and Boston Parks Department will work with NOAH and EC3 to find opportunities to take a Blue Cities approach in the East Boston Central Square design.