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Forest Hill Avenue Residents Protest City Project

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Richmond, VA—Neighbors along Forest Hill Avenue are furious over a city project which would add a median to the area; they are worried about the impact it will have on the neighborhood.

The project could begin as soon as next year, and will add a walking path, a bike trail and a median, all in an effort to ease traffic congestion and accidents in the area. The city of Richmond says accidents happen there at least once a week.

Despite these positive changes, residents say there are several drawbacks which need consideration.

"What's it going to look like 4 or 5 years from now? Is it going to look like the lower end with a bunch of sticks sticking up and no grass?" wonders neighbor Charles White.

White has been fighting the proposed project for nearly a decade. He and other neighbors placed "Save Our Street" signs in their yards, in protest of the project. Now, the sign in White's yard has been replaced with stakes, which mark just how much of his property will be used in this project.

In total, White says he'll be giving up about eight feet in his yard if the project pushes forward.

Residents are also concerned that the project will pose a safety hazard. They say the median could force those who live in the neighborhood to do U-turns to get to their homes.

But Richmond City Council member Kathy Graziano says the project will cut down on wrecks and fender benders, a routine occurrence in the neighborhood.

"If you imagine that road, the speed is 40 miles an hour. You're going down, you turn your radio on or semi-paying attention, all of a sudden the guy in front of you stops and puts his blinker on. There you go. You have a rear ender."

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