There was a horrific event in our city a few months ago involving a man who intentionally drove his van into a crowd with the intent to kill people.
It is unusual for such violence where I live, and therefore shocking and overwhelming for everyone who was involved as well as all of us who feel we live in an environment safe from such acts.
One of the responses was for the city to install concrete barriers around our main train station. This station is used by approximately 300,000 commuters on a daily basis and all of the people using the train for vacation and other travel.
So, it’s extremely important for the station to be safe. These barriers would definitely hinder, and probably stop an event like the one I described from happening in front of this location.
As I walked by this week, I thought of the leadership it took. To take action, to make that action swift, and to demonstrate to the city that people are a priority. And yet, my second thought was this…
Now we are stuck with these hideous looking barriers. They created a maze, it’s not amazing. Hard to walk through, hindering people’s commute every morning and night. Yes, barriers are probably needed. Couldn’t we implement something that is more appealing, and still a barrier? For inspiration, the large pots with flowers some hotels installed around their perimeter come to mind. While they are beautiful, they still provide the barrier to cars and other vehicles.
I thought then that true leadership takes action, and follow-through. I worry that whoever decided to put up the concrete barriers is off to the next priority. I’ll bet he/she doesn’t take a commuter train and may never actually drive by and consider the view these concrete slabs create.
So I’ll remind myself, and maybe some of you, remember to take action, think about people, and follow-up. Check back in, see how your decisions are doing a few weeks later, and refine where necessary. It’s not too hard.
Have a safe day, girl geek.