On the cityofbeacon.org website, you can look at the Fishkill & Teller Ave. Update PDF, which shows what is planned for the rehabilitation of the street, set to start in a few years. One of the changes is to remove the statue of George Washington landmark from the middle of Teller at the Teller/9D intersection, and move it onto the sidewalk and create a 'pocket park'.
I thought that was a little strange; for one thing, it's a landmark.. (like when you reference 'over by the dummy light'). More importantly, it's a barrier that forces automobile traffic to slow down when turning onto the street. By removing the landmark, cars will be more likely to just whip around that corner without slowing down. Also, (and you can see from the picture below), kids crossing the street currently have to cross only one lane, then walk on the little sidewalk piece by GW's head, then cross two more lanes. By removing GW, children will have to cross three lanes of traffic to cross the street. So, more lanes to cross + faster traffic seems dangerous.
I emailed the concept photos and some photos I took to the VP of Project for Public Spaces, an organization located in NYC that works with cities to create streets/waterfronts/public areas that are in the best interest of the community as well as pedestrian traffic. I recently did a 2 day workshop with the organization, and as I recalled, they suggest intentionally implementing landmarks like GW when renovating streets so traffic would be slowed down - not removing them. The VP returned my email and agreed that the proposed change seemed to create a more dangerous intersection.
Anyone else have thoughts on the topic?