The new record continues a trend of leaving Roosevelt Islanders to their own devices while Passive Safety Officers idle… somewhere. Who knows where? Anywhere but out on the streets where they might be needed.
by David Stone
How PSD Set the New Record
“I returned from the hospital,” a Roosevelt Islander told us, “and felt like sitting behind the Good Shepherd amongst the plantings and under the trees would be so relaxing.”
But she was in for a surprise because…
“Instead, there is this neighbor peacefully smoking marijuana.”
Weed, smelling like an unhappy skunk, is a scourge on city streets, but in parks, all smoking is banned. While some visitors cheat, the parks are generally a refuge from the stink, but not here.
“PSD argues,” she said, “that the area is not a park, so he can smoke.”
If it’s not a park, what is it?
RIOC’s Passive Safety Department (PSD) has already determined that they can’t control e-bikes and other motorized two-wheelers racing down Main Street, ignoring crosswalks and stop signs. And they can’t organize bicycle patrols extending their presence, breaking repeated promises.
Also, they can’t deal with unsafe overcrowding in Tram cabins or even ensure that seniors and the disabled get a shot at reserved seating instantly gobbled up by tourists on every trip.
Now, they can figure out what a park is…?
“How do we establish it as a park?” the resident asked. Answer: You could try prayer because appealing to RIOC never works.
“Do you have any idea if it belongs to RI?” Answer: Yes, it does, but it’s ultimately city property.
“Why is a tiny park like that less smoke-free than Central Park?” Answer: Because this is Roosevelt Island, and we have RIOC instead of elected officials.
“And what is the purpose of a garden making oxygen if someone pollutes it?” Answer: There isn’t any.