Baxter Street west of Vestal Avenue is one of the steepest streets in the neighborhood. In fact, early automakers would drive new models cars and trucks up the punishing stretch as part of publicity stunts to show off their vehicles’ endurance and power. But if chugging up Baxter is daunting, reaching the apex of the hill at a steep angle and not being able to see what’s ahead of you (besides the sky and the hood of your car) can also trigger a panic attack or collision.
Maybe that’s why several weeks ago residents noticed the appearance of new, yellow signs reading “Hill Blocks View” along several points on the street. Perhaps a more useful sign would have been “Turn Back Now.”