Making Democracy Work

First Fridays

2014-2015

A monthly forum usually held on the first Friday of every month. Speakers present on topics of importance to Lexington residents.

To see previous First Friday Forums on Lexmedia go to http://www.lexmedia.org/ondemand.html click on the 'Categories' tab, then select "League of Women Voters"

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, February 6, 2015
9:15 AM
Community Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
1875 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington MA
A Community Vision: Where We Are, Where We Would Like to Be. A special presentation by Marian A.O. Cohen, Ph.D., Vision 20/20 Committee Member and Principal Investigator

In 2013, the 20/20 Vision Committee conducted a Town-wide survey to investigate residents' opinions on issues including: diversity; economic development; education; environment; physical character of the community; and Town government and services. Residents rated both the importance to them of each issue and how well they judged the Town to be performing with respect to each issue. The survey was designed to gather new, forward-looking information for guiding community decisions affecting our Town's future. Results of this survey are being broadly shared with the Town's Boards and citizens. In addition to guiding decision-making by the Boards, results are helping the 20/20 Committee to identify new areas deserving further review.

Dr. Cohen's presentation of findings will stimulate a discussion of what we value, how successfully we are addressing those values, and what we'd like to change.

This is the fifth in the series of 2014-2015 First Friday Forums promoting awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available at 9:15 a.m. and presentations will begin at 9:30.

For more information, email lwvlexington@gmail.com. All League forums are open to the public at no charge.

Friday, March 6, 2015
9:15 AM
Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
Is Lexington Ready for Complete Streets?. A number of cities and towns in Massachusetts have joined the national movement toward making roadways safe, comfortable, and accessible for all users. The principle of "Complete Streets" + or "livable streets" -- promotes the design of roadways that accommodates the needs of walkers and cyclists as well as those who drive cars and trucks. Advocates of Complete Street design principles believe that "improving our roadways can increase safety, improve a community's health and well-being, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and advance economic development."

At this year's Spring Town Meeting, Warrant Article 35 will ask Town Meeting Members to accept the State laws governing the Complete Streets Program, thus enabling the Town to apply for funding under the program. A citizen-initiated resolution, Article 45, will ask Town Meeting to recommend that the Selectmen make it a priority to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The First Friday Forum will feature presentations by Selectman Michelle Ciccolo, Lexington Town Engineer John Livsey, and Town Meeting Member Rita Goldberg, the author of Article 45. What do we mean when we say "Complete Streets?" What are some of the ongoing projects in Lexington that already follow Complete Streets design principles? What steps might be taken to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety as we wait for longer-term improvements?

This is the sixth in the series of 2014-2015 First Friday Forums hosted to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues.

Coffee will be available at 9:15 a.m. and presentations will begin at 9:30.

For more information, contact lwvlexington@gmail.com. All League forums are open to the public.