Cynthia Larkins expected to be front and center and yelling "Hallelujah!" when city transportation officials turned on a new $100,000 traffic light Thursday at Wabash and Hillsdale avenues, near her home in Northwest Baltimore's West Arlington neighborhood.
"I have only been trying 32 years to get a light at this intersection," said Larkins, 57, a retired federal employee. "And my father tried for years before me. I feel like a kid who was given a candy bar. I am elated for the safety of everybody who drives or walks through here."
She has chronicled fatal accidents, critical injuries, hit-and-runs, even fender-benders, with photos and notes. Too many motorists ignored the stop sign, she said.
"I would hear the screech and then, many times, a knock on the door asking me to call the police or an ambulance," she said.