2001-06-23 / Editorial/Opinion

Does Our "Jolt Score" Define Rockaway?

Does Our "Jolt Score" Define Rockaway?

Rockaway is known for a lot of things, including the best beaches this side of the French Riviera. We are also known for the impact that city-based institutions such as housing projects and nursing homes have on the community. It often seems to many Rockaway residents that city services have a negative impact on the community. A recent report by a research group shows that Community Board 14, which encompasses both Rockaway and Broad Channel, has the highest "Jolt Score" in Queens and that we rank 52 of 59 community board in the city. What is a "Jolt Score?" The score is defined as the number of significant jolts per mile that a driver might encounter while driving. Community Board 14 has a score of 13.64 jolts per mile. Community Board 10 in Western Queens, for example, with a score of 4.21 is the best in Queens. For those of you who think this is somehow funny, look at it in light of how city services are provided to Rockaway. Our "Jolt Score" is high because the city does not take care of the streets in Rockaway as it does in other areas. Think of it in terms of our "Parks Score," where every beach in both Coney Island and Staten Island and every pool in Manhattan is open while numerous Rockaway beaches are closed. Does our "Jolt Score" define us? You bet it does and it will not get better until we demand or our elected officials that something be done about taking care of Rockaway.

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