Monday, May 12, 2008

the U Street cut-through

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This street needs to be rebuilt.
- the lot is already used as a pedestrian cut-through.

- construction of the through street would further integrate the areas to the east (pictured towards the right of the aerial) with the rest of historic Anacostia.

- it would provide a safer route to the elementary school.

- the new road, sidewalks, and streetlamps would place a greater emphasis on the adjacent lots.


Chopin Girl said...

I went to that elementary school by the way!
One question--how would a cut through make the route safer for the kids? And how do you maintain the portion where the kids play for recess without them having to cross the street. I see what you're saying, but I think it would make it a bit more dangerous as kids are playing with balls and they could potentially go into the new street... unless they get rid of the store that's right next to the school (to the left in the pic... there's a church to the right of the school).
Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

One of the aspects in the city general plan is to reform the grid. At this area on U St SE there is a break. You could use that as an excuse also.

IMGoph said...

yes, rebuild the street. to make it safe for children, you can just close it to traffic while they are outside for recess. open it to traffic when school isn't in session.

Anonymous said...

I don't think this is physically possible. You're neon yellow line only accounts for the south lane of U St. If you draw a line from the north sidewalk of U St. east of 15th, it runs into the wall of the school. You would have to demolish the school to do this. Even if you didn't, there would be no room for a sidewalk and the street would run right under the windows of the school. Completely unworkable.