Sorry, I Keep Finding More Curb Cut Examples


This one is located at the 1400 block of Rhode Island Ave, NW. This one is a bit different from the others in that it only has one curb cut. Do you like this example any better than the past ones?

Here is the one from Woodley Road.

Here is the one from Mt. Pleasant. (Incidentally, I think someone mentioned earlier in the week that one of them is for sale. If someone can find the sales listing I’d appreciate it.)

Here is the one from P Street.

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    put me on the payroll.

    Also I dont think the example today is as bad as the others as they share a curb cut. saving some street parking and tree lane.

  • and I think its a good deal. parking, backyard, renovated house in MTP. for 576? If i didnt already live here I would buy it.

  • I’m sorry, but is the problem that y’all have with the curb or with the houses behind the curb? Seems like it’s the houses, but you keep referring to curb cuts. If it really is the curb…..Jesus, I thought I had problems….

  • 5:07- Usually builders that opt for curb cuts opt for butt ugly houses too. This is because front in curb cut parking is for suburban townhouse developments that are meant to be autocentric not pedestrian friendly. and suburban design aesthetics tend to be ugly. because the people buying them dont have taste. is this helping to clear things up for you?

  • Curb cuts should be outlawed in this city unless to accomodate someone with disabilities.

  • I don’t think these are as bad as the others. The property has one driveway that branches to 4 garages, instead of 4 separate driveways. Much better for pedestrians.

    And the balconies and stairs projecting out from the facade make the properties more inviting.

  • I like the shared curb cut design better than the others, but they’re ugly (to their credit, they manage to give each house a “front porch” space which I do appreciate). I walked by the MtP example the other day and I changed my mind about them — at least they’re more pedestrian-friendly than a high fence/shrubbery crowding the sidewalk.

  • Again with the pedestrian friendly line- hasn’t anyone ever been to California? San Francisco has cuts in virtually every neighborhood and is considered by many as the most pedestrian friendly city in the U.S.. Every beach community in SoCal has them for crying out loud. I don’t understand this obsession! As a driver and sometimes biker, I would much prefer wider streets or less street parking since I wouldn’t have to worry about being “doored”. I’ve never taken a walk anywhere and had to stop more than once or twice for people pulling in and out of their garages.

  • anyway, back to these weird hideous f-ing houses. definitely the most out of place row houses in the city. SO BIZARRO.

  • Aren’t these right next to Helix? Back when they were first built (1990ish?) they definitely looked weird on that block (a family friend has lived in the Windsor House down the block for as long as I can remember and I’ve been visiting that block for as long as I can remember), but now they’re next to those two big blue chairs at Helix, and don’t really look out of place anymore. Plus, it’s not that residential of a block – lots of curb cuts for apartment and hotel driveways – so they don’t really stick out like those ones in Mt. P.

  • i dunno. i think it would look nicer with a big graffitti tag on it. or just a picture of a big salmon on top. spawning. yeah, then it would look cool. AND it might even earn the badge of Curb Cut of the Day!

    or they could put rising barriers on it, just in case terrorists attack, cuz u never know when or where!

  • The problem is the houses. It means the residents are living on the second and third floors, up and away from the lowly pedestrians. The pedestrians are instead faced with distinctly unfriendly garage doors. There’s absolutely no sense of community with this set up. Gone are the days of waving hello from your front porch, or trick or treating. Instead you scurry away up your staircase before your neighbors can get a glimpse. Unfriendly, impersonal style of construction. Thumbs down.

  • In this case it is the houses not the curb cuts. Those are just weak.

  • 4 garages served by 1 curb cut seems like a win to me. Look, curb cuts in and of themsleves are not evil. Yes, a suburban street lined with garage dominant houses, each with its own curb cut IS an anathema to the sense of a pedestrian-focused neighborhood. Yes, an urban residential street with curb cuts for every townhome excessively chops up the street and precludes inclusion of other valuable streetscape elements, like street trees and furniture, on street parking, etc… Yes, parking lots in front of urban businesses are an outdated, automobile-centered pattern. Yes, one curb cut in an area without any others will stick out like a sore thumb.

    HOWEVER limited efficient curb cuts on a street with other front-loaded uses is not the end of the world. Without an alley alternative, 4 for 1 is a good deal for curb cuts.

  • @SoLong

    I am currently in SoCal right now with my mom who is in a wheelchair….. I can tell you that the curb cuts around here are f’in horrible if you are in a wheelchair. My sister dumped my mom into the street one day because there is essentially no sidewalk in front of our apartment buiding just driveway and then the curb cut. The curb cuts are steep and it is easy to tip the wheelchair.

    We were on a narrow sidewalk by the beach and right smack dab in the middle was a light pole. The wheelchair couldn’t fit around it and thus we had to wheel her in the street until the next intersection.

  • @Julie
    I deal with accessability issues everyday and understand that not every street or neighborhood is created equally. That being said, a curb cut in itself does not dictate the width of a sidewalk or slope of a driveway. A short curb cut, or what I prefer- soft curbs, address these issues. My point is just because some posters on here feel that curb cuts detract from pedestrian friendliness, that does not in fact make it so. Just because I like them, doesn’t make them more pedestrian friendly either. If you like the homes, great, if not great, share that too, but stating opinion as fact is a different matter entirely. Anyone can feel free to look up a list of the most pedestrian friendly cities in the U.S. and see for themselves that many of the cities listed use curb cuts in high density areas. I know it’s cool to hate cars and the people who drive them here, but the fact is, some people need them to get to work, or to get home. I found that in Petworth, the biggest obstactle to pedestrian friendliness was safety, especially as a woman. Once it starts getting dark by 5, and through the rash of violence earlier this year, lack of street activity on side streets and aggressive males near the metro make the area unfriendly to pedestrians.

  • Vonstallin

    I love it….
    This one is a decent design and looks to be between an apartment/office building and a traditional brick house…

    I like it.

  • If this is the house I am thinking of (can’t see flickr at work) – the houses with the curb cuts weren’t a problem. The brick house on the end with the paved front yard was. Someone lives there with low number DC plates (minister or politician – you decide?) and big cars (Range Rover, Mercades, etc) – and they would always stick the tail out into the alley. I know a couple folks that have tagged that bumper when trying to squeeze by.

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