Blackstone leaders strive to make district safer

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 7:42 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Blackstone community members seemed supportive of the “Streetscape Project” presentation.

But to the young woman who has inspired the call for a safety overhaul in the district, the meeting was bittersweet.

“It was definitely difficult being reminded of what happened because I haven’t been in this area besides being at the med centers since this whole thing happened. So hearing other people who were at the meeting, it proves it has had an impact on a lot of people and a lot of people want to see change,” said Lindsey Cavlovic.

“What an inspiration of a gal whose body was broken but spirit wasn’t, and her soul, I mean she’s an inspiration to everybody,” said District 3 Omaha City Councilmember, Danny Begley.

Proposed changes included wider sidewalks, improved traffic flow, and safety management. Which will require both patience and perseverance.

“There are things that I want to do, all I can with public works and working with the community up here to make it so when you come up here, you feel safe. Because what happened to Lindsey is everybody’s worst nightmare,” said Begley.

“I’m hopeful that people have the right idea and will learn more as a city of what works and what doesn’t and hopefully implement safer crossing ways on that 38th and 39th Street,” said Lindsey.

The 24-year-old admits she’s not yet ready to revisit the pain at the location but perhaps one day, her father says, when things are safer and the time is right.

“That’s gonna be the goal, to bring her back here and have a drink and have some lunch, without any reservations,” said Lindsey’s father, Pat Cavlovic.

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