Construction on the raised pedestrian medians along Prospect Park West that were first announced last month has begun in earnest.
Prospect Park West has undergone quite a bit of work recently, with the addition of a highly polarizing bike lane, but this permanent addition—there will be nine in total, at intersections including 1st, 5th and 11th Streets—will forever change the character of the street. It makes the bike lanes permanent (and protects them from traffic), lessens the amount of traffic lanes, and makes it easier to cross the road. Proponents of the plan say that it will increase visibility and prevent cars from double-parking, but opponents say that it creates "dangerously inconsistent traffic patterns" and actually decreases visibility. Of course, there are plans to file a lawsuit to get them removed.
And the debate rages on...