Cleveland Park Service Lane Battle Heats Up – Final Public Meeting Nov, 6th

Photo by PoPville flickr user thisisbossi

Last week we spoke about about the battle over the Cleveland Park Service Lane. Thanks to thisisbossi for uploading the sign above. From the Cleveland Park Transportation Study’s website:

Final Public Meeting + Workshop planned for Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013

If you walk, drive, ride a bike or Metro to or around Cleveland Park, the Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites you to share your ideas about transportation, pedestrian safety, and public realm improvements throughout the commercial corridor.

Wednesday November 6, 2013, 5:00-8:30pm (Drop-In / Open House)

Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library
3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW”

You can see the four service lane possibilities here.

I was also in Cleveland Park yesterday and saw tons of signs:

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Connecticut Avenue, NW between Macomb and Ordway

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Signs on nearly every store/restaurant.  Even Ripple had one.

Though my favorite sign from the service lane remains the ad for “Fresh” kosher cheese:


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  • I was in the camp for leaving it as is, but sidewalk seating for the restaurants in that block would be very nice.

    • +1. just logged on and this is exactly what I was going to say. Only head over there frm Park View to take my kids to zoo, but that sidewalk is way narrow and you have to stay on toes with kids. A wide sidewalk could be awesome for the restaurants there and pedestrians generally.

  • #2 would be terrible if you are trying to get in/out of the service lane in rush hour traffic. I hope that is nixed right away.

    Who, in particular, is for the service lane removal other than maybe businesses who would enjoy sidewalk seating? It seems like long-time residents and patrons who frequent the area are quite happy with the service lane.

    • I don’t like this stretch because the sidewalk is almost non-existent. It’s a really annoying stretch to be a pedestrian. Maybe that is what is motivating some people?

      • The service lane used to be a sidewalk in the 1950s. It should go back to being one. The sidewalk as it is now is a cramped joke. The only people in favor of the service lane are the olds who feel entitled to their own parking space.

        • Wrong. It’s very handy for drop off and pick up of people and goods in an area with not enough parking.

          • There is a giant, mostly-unused parking lot at Sam’s Stop and Shop if you are willing to pay a few bucks. And, you can almost always find a parking spot within a block or two in the neighborhood.

            The hyperbole surrounding the service lane is astounding. It’s not the end of the world to walk a few extra steps.

          • There are the two problems: The Sam’s parking lot is only mostly-unused at 8am on a Sunday morning. And the neighborhood NIMBYs don’t want you parking in their neighborhood.

        • I say leave it. Sorry, this neighborhood isn’t Georgetown or U Street. I just don’t see their being large enough crowds on these sidewalks to justify the widening.

  • I think #3 wins. Widen the sidewalk, but create a lane of permanent parking along that side of Connecticut Avenue. Pass the popcorn, and prepare for some ridiculous arguments from both sides. This is getting entertaining.

  • It’s really heating up.

    For those that haven’t been following this story… There are big posters in many store windows that read, “SAVE THE SERVICE LANE.” Restaurants are full of chatter about it. The Cleveland Park business lobby is rallying against the sidewalk. Letter writing campaigns have been organized. Residents are clamoring for a comment from Councilmember Cheh. Prominent neighborhood residents are chiming in on the listserv. Evidently, the issue has implications for disability rights, infant rights, elderly rights, and vacuum cleaner servicing rights. Op-eds and rebuttals are being published on local blogs. There are TWO petitions, TWO surveys and a $1.5mn DC study on the issue (which has been extensively critiqued by Qualified Neighborhood Experts). It has been described as a taxpayer-funded boondoggle and an experiment in social engineering. In typical DC-fashion, some have re-branded it as the Safety and Security Lane. Family legacies have been called into question.

    • Ha! I used to live in that area and know exactly who you’re talking about, without even visiting the listserv. “Prominent neighborhood residents” is code for “annoying types who feel the need to stick their noses into everything.”

  • Maybe this is somewhere in the links that I didn’t dig into, but I’m curious, what is the “shark” reference in that one sign?

  • the disability angle might be the best strategy. if individuals in wheelchairs start hanging out on sidewalk in droves — as they are entitled to — forcing the NIMBYs and blue hairs into the service lane, maybe the anti crowd will realize how people-unfriendly the service lane is. Screw the neighborhood folks! what are they going to do, start selling their $2 MM houses? bring it on!

  • It’s those selfish elistists in the $2mm houses that want to take away the very handy parking and loading/unloading space and turn it into a personal lounge and sauntering space thus denying us regular folks access to services and merchants we now need and use. tell them you will not tolerate them taking public surface space and making it into their own private clubby rendezvous.

  • I’ve been in the neighborhood seven years now and park in the service lane semi-regularly because it’s easier than walking four blocks from my apartment to run errands. I am a reasonably healthy 29-year-old and think the service lane should be removed so I’m less lazy. Seriously, just make a permanent parking stretch on the main drag of Connecticut and zone it for 30 minute parking. The turnover will take care of errands, etc. The restaurant folks can deal with it.

  • the only reason the elitists from $2mm homes have not proposed closing down vast stretches of Georgia Ave and Kansas Ave, right here in Petworth, to convert the public space into clubby rendezvous venues where they can sit all day and sip their $9 double espressos is that our homes have not yet reached $2mm everywhere. be careful how much you hope for an increase in property values if you don’t want at the same time to encourage confiscation of public thoroughfares for private lazing hang-outs. keep the elitists out of neighborhoods where the public thoroughfares are their targets for closure for their own playground use. don’t let them close the roadway in Cleveland Park, and resist them trying to close our thoroughfares just the same.

    • Confiscation of public thoroughfares! Hide yo kids, hide yo wife!!

      This confiscation of public thoroughfares (i.e. service lanes) for the purpose of building public thoroughfares (i.e. sidewalks) must stop!!

    • glorious incoherence.

  • what the heck does #2 even mean: “Flexible, multi-functional space for cars and pedestrians”? tear it all down and put up a walmart. problem solved. thanks dc.

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