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Why do they make you use ‘press to cross’ buttons for traffic lights in Logan/Shaw?

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“Dear PoPville,

Do you know if there’s rhyme or reason why some of the Walk/Don’t Walk lights in the city, specifically on N St in Logan Circle and Shaw, require you to press the button for the Walk light while others do not? I can understand the need to trigger the light at intersections with little pedestrian traffic, but at 14/N there’s almost always someone waiting for the light. It’s certainly not a big deal to push a button, but the problem arises when you walk up, people are already there (but nobody has pressed the button), and the Walk light doesn’t change to Walk, and then you have to scurry in a matter of a few seconds. Just curious.”

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