Monday, June 11, 2012

Obnoxiously wide roads

There should be a hall of shame for intersections like this one on Wallingford Road in Brighton. It's in a deeply residential neighborhood a few blocks away from Commonwealth Avenue. Presumably there are families and children living all around it. Can they really be happy about being forced to cross an Interstate Highway-scale road with cars whipping around the slight curve at high speed? My estimation is that this asphalt atrocity covers approximately 15,000 square feet (one-third of an acre). By comparison, my apartment building has a footprint of about 8,500 square feet (one-fifth of an acre). The curb shown in the distance is about 200 feet away from the camera. There are no curb cuts or crosswalks. As far as I can tell, the city doesn't want anyone to walk here.

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