Last week, the Department of Transportation did a major upgrade to two Open Streets in Chelsea. Some of the broken down and defensive barricades were replaced with large planters. DOT even provided assistance to plant flowers and bushes. Above is W22nd Street @ 8th Avenue , and below is W21st Street at 9th Avenue. This is a terrific improvement that sends a strong message to drivers. ” Slow Down”. The DOT continues to explore additional street modifications to ensure the permanent Open streets are easier to manage with less resources. Congratulations to the activists who dedicate their time to managing the Open Streets and making space for their neighbors .