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“Dear PoPville,

I swear the intersection of H and New York NW (between 13th and 14th) has to be the most dangerous intersection in DC. Pedestrians are given a walk light for just half of the road, then expected to wait in the middle of the road to get a different walk light for the second half of the crossing. Because this is such an unusual way to cross the street, I think it doesn’t even occur to people that they have to wait for the second light; they then charge across, thinking they have a walk light, while oncoming traffic has a green light to go. It doesn’t help that this is in the heart of downtown where tons of people need to cross the road! Read More

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Ed. Note: I believe at most locations these are intended to slow down cars that are turning.

“Dear PoPville,

Any idea what these new lane blockers are supposed to be “solving?” They were recently installed along 13th St. at Kenyon, Columbia Rd. and a few other streets. They prevent cars from going around a car that is waiting to turn left. I suppose that might be a good idea to prevent cars turning right and hitting pedestrians crossing in the crosswalk with the green light, but Kenyon and Columbia are one-way going west. So no cars would be turning right.

All it does is back up traffic along 13th st. and encourage drivers to make more risky left turns.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I walk to work via NY Avenue east to west and I’ve noticed that Lafayette Square is barricaded in the mornings more and more often. What’s the deal? The weird thing is, you would think it would be for heightened security reasons, right? Interestingly, it’s not necessarily barricaded when foreign dignitaries are staying at Blair House, so what gives? Why the nuisance? Why can’t they wait to barricade after the morning commuters have passed through? Read More

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Sadly, a stock photo from an incident in 2015

From a press release:

“Advocates and community members from across the DC region are expected to gather on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5:15 p.m. to hold a memorial walk in memory of the 10 pedestrians who have been killed by drivers on DC roads this year. The organizers are demanding the District government to improve pedestrian infrastructure and enforce violations like blocking the box or crosswalks in the hopes of preventing future fatalities.

The ride will honor the memories of:

Marcelina Yanez, 84, who was killed at 400 Michigan Ave. NE on Jan. 4.
Roderick Scott, 60, who was killed at 1300 Rhode Island Ave. NE on Jan. 8.
Vincent Childs, 42, who was killed at 3200 Wheeler Rd. SE on Mar. 2.
Kenneth Clarke, 19, who was killed at 5300 Western Ave. NW on Apr. 6. Read More

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