Washington, DC

An interesting petition has been launched titled, Restore the Connecticut Avenue Boulevard:

The service lane on Connecticut Avenue between Macomb and Ordway Streets should be replaced with a wide, pedestrian-friendly sidewalk.

Connecticut Avenue’s west side is a pleasure to walk along, and has inviting outdoor cafés. The east side is crowded, cramped and pedestrian-unfriendly. Two people can barely walk abreast on the narrow sidewalk. The service lane is confusing and dangerous: The two intersections at Macomb and Ordway have some of the highest accident rates in the city. All because misguided urban planners decided in the 1960s to destroy a sidewalk to make a parking lot.

Fortunately, this is a mistake that can be fixed. Imagine what a beautiful and vibrant public space this could be, with room for walking, sidewalk cafés, shade trees, flowers, and benches.

If you’re a DC voter, please sign this petition now to ask our elected representatives to restore this vital piece of the Connecticut Avenue boulevard to its original state.

There are currently 172 signatories. If you think it’s a good idea you can sign here.

For those in the know – realistically, is this even a remote possibility with enough support or is this more of a pipe dream?

Side note: I just had to look up the origin of the term pipe dream and apparently it comes from “an allusion to the dreams experienced by smokers of opium pipes.” Also interesting.


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