Growing Southend creating pedestrian hazards

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Growing Southend creating pedestrian hazards

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 9:13 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Southend is one of Charlotte's fastest growing neighborhoods and people living there are fighting to make their community safer.

“It’s rough, you’ve got traffic moving really fast in both directions,” said Bryan Geers, president of the Southend Neighborhood Association.

NBC Charlotte met with people from the area to hear their concerns about the dangers of crossing South Boulevard, and watched as they tried to get to our cameras.

Ted Boyd, director of Historic Southend, said “It was challenging. It was very difficult because you're hoping the cars see you. It’s a hard crossing. It’s not really marked and they're coming in both directions.”

Just two weeks ago someone was seriously hurt crossing the street in front of Einstein’s Bagels.

Geers has watched the area turn into a real neighborhood in the last few years but says with the growth comes a need for change.

“We love the walkability,” he says. “We love the restaurants, bars, we like to be able to get to uptown on the train; there’s nothing we don’t like about the area except trying to cross South Boulevard can be a little touch and go.”

Boyd says, “That’s a key piece to it, making sure you can cross streets safely and then access with cars.”

They're working with the Department of Transportation to build what's called a pedestrian refuge, a concrete median that will allow people to cross the street one half at a time.

NBC Charlotte learned the work should be completed in about a year.

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