Volume 75, Number 38 | February 8 -14 2006

Neighborhood residents who fought for a stop sign at Horatio and Washington Sts. celebrated its installation on Feb. 7. At far right is Jason Diaz, who led the effort.

Horatio St. gets signs, full stop

The corner of Horatio and Washington Sts. is a busy intersection that has raised safety concerns for years. When the neighborhood became increasingly hip and the Meatpacking District became a nighttime destination, an influx of traffic flowed onto the street and the lack of a stop sign went from being a complaint to an essential concern for the safety of residents and visitors alike.

Jason Diaz, a block resident and father, created a grassroots campaign to petition for a stop sign. He designed a Web site, testified at community board meetings, met with the block association and created a petition.

The ribbon cutting for the new stop sign took place on Tues. Feb. 7. The birth of the stop sign coincided with the birthday of Diaz’s 1-year-old daughter, Sydney. Traffic came to a halt on the corner of Horatio and Washington Sts. as residents celebrated the all-way stop sign.

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