Logan Circle’s Great Crosswalk on 14th Street Getting Paved Over

14th and S Street, NW

Over the years I’ve had tons of emails asking/applauding about the crosswalk at 14th and S St, NW. If memory serves (maybe textdoc can find it in the archives) this was an experimental crosswalk by DDOT that never got implemented any other streets. Folks def. love it though. So I was sad to see half of it had already been paved over. Enjoy the other half while it lasts!


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  • DC is becoming more sterile by the minute. I like development and improvements, but seriously, it’s like none of the little things that make DC unique are being saved.

    • I like nifty crosswalks as much as the next guy, but I thought D.C. was a LOT more sterile a few years ago when all we had was law firms and overpriced steak houses. I’ll take today’s D.C. any time.

  • yeah I thought this was going to become a thing around town. Is it baltimore I was in recently that I saw a lot of fun designs. With hopscotch and zippers etc. DC was ahead of the curve putting this one in logan but didnt follow through with many more. I guess they put that pattern by the Georgia ave metro which is cool. But would love to see more. Could make them unique to each neighborhood.

  • LOL at being mentioned by name here. 🙂

  • Can’t wait to see that auto dealership/service center go. Its one of the last few pieces of blight left on the west side of 14th. I thought there were plans to put another small condo or apartment building there.

    • I like it. Reminds me of what 14th St was like when I arrived here (a whopping 5 years ago- ha). It was just the right balance then for me- handful of restaurants and shops while a few things that had been there for quite awhile.

      (Yes, I know, its current condition is ultimately better and it’s great that the street is now is booming. Just being a bit nostalgic)

    • that’s not what blight is.

  • That crosswalk has always reminded me of the sidewalks in Rio de Janeiro. I’ll miss it.


  • it doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t get repainted. the roads do need to be repaved from time to time.

  • I am sorry its the year 2014 not 1982. That crosswalk was an eyesore. Next up the other eyesore of a day care just north of Chapin.

  • I always liked that crosswalk. I also fondly remember the “Bureau of Misdirected Destiny” art installation a few feet down on S. Ahhh…the good old days!

  • clevelanddave

    I know there is a lot more that goes into deciding which streets to pave and when than meets the eye (literally) however the decisions on priorities for paving in this city absolutely baffles me. That is a smooth, relatively recently paved portion of road. I’m sure every PoP reader can think of lots of streets that ought to be a much higher priority than this. My submission is N between 12th and 13th. Or 12th between the tunnel and F St. So frustrating. Such a waste of money. Seemingly such misplaced priorities. I’d love to see a story/hear from DDOT how they make these decisions.

    • IIRC, the repaving on the west side of 14th was done due to several blocks’ worth of utility trench work. I don’t believe the condition of the road surface had anything to do with it.

    • I dont know about you — but I am 100% positive 14th st is a single pothole at this point. That street is NOT in good condition. The bike lines are atrocious and there is construction on all sides of the road that has resulted in damage everywhere

    • Loads of construction plus major utility work has jacked this road up. Maybe the center lanes are better, but I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten nearly as many micro-concussions as an NFL player from biking on the bike lane on this street. Washboard is the best analogy that comes to mind. Or maybe rusty washboard with rusted out holes in it.

  • Lame. I wish there were more crosswalks like that.

  • So sad! Love these little bits of neighborhood color, and definitely felt like this was part of my neighborhood’s cover.

  • Roll ’em up!

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