The “streetscape” on 12th reduced a two lane street to one lane. They added the “bump-outs” on the corners which constrict the street and leave no safe way for bikers and motor vehicles to pass each other safely. The right on red at Michigan is gone, so the numerous emergency vehicles coming to Providence are blocked by cars waiting for the light. Traffic is backing up everywhere. You can hardly get out of the neighborhood by car, it is ridiculous, spending $12 million and doing more harm than good. How di repaving 18th NW only cost $6million. What is wrong with this picture,, are black steel benches that expensive?
WJLA showed a Circulator Bus running the red light at 18th and Columbia Rd. NW, but didn’t show the driver waitng through numerous changes of the light, backed up on Calvert. People are losing patience, as they should. The govt. job is to facilitate travel through the city, not make it infuriating! The government never stops meddling, the lights are miserably timed. You literally stop every few yards in the city.Idling , more time than driving,, just to get anywhere. Brake lining is asbestos, and carcinagenic particles are reeased form the redundant braking, and idling causes more pollution for nothing.
There are signs all over the place, useless, signs cluttering the neighborhood streets. Placed too low , creating hazards, like all the Pepco and Verizon cables unshieled from the poles to the sidewalk.
The city govt. has money to waste,, continually intruding and destructive. It will take a decade to undo the harm the govt. is doing to our city. The mess they are making with the taxi industry, the super-urbanisation and with it, wholesale removal of mature trees. Flooding is caused by the miserable urban planning. Out of Control doesn’t really describe this govt.
And here are my latest thoughts:
When I think about it, I am left with one big question: do we know for sure whether these snafus are from mere incompetence and stupidity, or from deliberate malfeasance and ill intent, or merely from greed and callousness?
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