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8 Responses to “November 2018”

  1. JCalvertNUK November 3, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

    W 7th St. Much-needed pedestrian calming measures to protect unwary motorists and driveway-users from speeding pedestrians. (On their whizzy little scooters, they can appear out of nowhere!). My street is on a hill and could do with something like this . . .

  2. Paul S November 3, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

    There will come desire lines.


  3. bymitch November 6, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    When the kerb and road are adjusted to follow the same line as the sidewalk, then it will start to make some sense.
    Crazy paving at the conclusion of the zig zag journey sums it all up nicely.

  4. jayrome November 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    And they paid the designer money for this? I guess there is nothing quite like a meandering path to extend the journey into nowhere.
    The designer and promoter need a good spanking. . . the nerve of some people!

  5. lateStarter November 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    Perhaps they just had some extra cement they needed to get rid of at the end of the day. I’m curious where the sidewalk terminates. Everything in that picture screams ugly.

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  6. AKlein December 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

    Rational, normal people will be utterly confused! Mission Accomplished!

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