compliance

southern approach
Franklin and Broadway. The sign is advisory in nature, not a sign that the police enforce.


And so…. Franklin and Market. The tractor trailer driver mashes Betty Lou’s front lawn, knocks on doors. Residents on Market Street move their autos so the rig can make the turn he has been advised not to make.

traffic

Do we have to make a motion to do nothing? May 2007

Transposition, asphalt commons

yoga
1 mile section of Jefferson Park Avenue temporarily returned to the commons for use by people not in automotive exoskeletons. Yoga in the street.

biker walker

street art
there are 847 acres of road surface in CHO, a sizable canvas

nigerian dwarf
The Nigerian dwarf goat Biscuit

goatherd
Eric Geilker and Biscuit

Labrador
4 y.o. Titan Green drinks.

central place pedestrian mall
Meanwhile on the Downtown pedestrian mall, people share space with equipment responding to a kitchen fire.

whatis

water or urine?
You might ask “what is enhanced water?”

WATER, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE (TO PROTECT FLAVOR), NATURAL FLAVOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVES FRESHNESS), ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), SUCRALOSE, SODIUM CITRATE, POTASSIUM CITRATE, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3), CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (TO PROTECT FLAVOR), VITAMIN E ACETATE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE (VITAMIN B5), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6)

You might ask “what is enhanced enhanced water?” I think that is what we have here…water, urea, chloride, sodium, potassium, creatinine, a.k.a. pee.

75% of the vehicles that scour through this street are folk using the Belmont and Woolen Mills neighborhoods as a short-cut. The tide of cars and trucks lowers quality of life. Some motorists eject loaded diapers or products of micturition along with their normal trash. These are the special people.

pave paradise


Which transportation projects should Albemarle County and Charlottesville begin planning for now to make it easier for people to travel around the community in the future?–Sean Tubbs.
Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story on yesterday’s local confab regarding which roads the community builds next. The idea of paving Charlottesville, using it as an intersection between Albemarle County locations seems to have a lot of support. Planners want cars to be comfortable, not to be impeded in their daily course.

meter hookup
I live in a neighborhood built before the introduction of the automobile. The last couple of days have been delightful from a traffic point of view. The water main contractor has been inconveniencing drivers as they cut-through our residential streets, reducing their speed and their number.

flagmen
Single-family residential zoning districts are established to provide and protect quiet, low-density residential areas wherein the predominant pattern of residential development is the single-family dwelling.

corner of Franklin and Market
The utility pole at this location and the stone wall on its right have been chunked down by oversized vehicles cutting the corner (see scrapes on the sign).

signs of transgression

Envy

MUTCD roundabout
I have envy. One of the dread Capital Vices, a.k.a. the seven deadly sins.
Traffic control envy.
Everyday I bike through the 2nd Street Northwood corridor of Charlottesville . This is a lovely neighborhood with many traffic calming measures, excellent pedestrian facilities and little cut-through traffic. This neighborhood is eminently walkable. From the sign above, It looks like they are fixing to get roundabouts? Good idea…
My envy, my argument on this subject is one of need and equity. Lets use geospatial technology to see where our City spends its capital improvement dollars and help direct the allocation of those funds. GPS analysis might help us combat the “two Charlottesvilles” problem. When we spend money to address quality of life, traffic and safety issues we should strive for even handedness. I think the CIP/GPS overview would produce revelatory results.
A year ago I posted a video of a street I walk every day, Franklin Street. Franklin has no sidewalk. 75% of Franklin’s motorists are short-cutting through residential neighborhoods (Belmont and Woolen Mills) to save time. This is an issue raised with the City over twenty years ago. Remedial action has been proposed in the next five years.

What is the city but the people?–Shakespeare

ouch, road-kill

I walk a lot, When home I walk this section of road everyday. My neighbor Roy (pictured here)
recalls driving his aunt Emma Amiss‘ dairy cow from her house on Woolen Mills Road
to the pasture on the south side of the railroad tracks via this lane.
Nowadays, this isn’t an easy or safe path because of traffic short-cutting
through the neighborhood. Back then, Roy remembers the cow herding as challenging,
this was a dog-trot, a rustic footpath with stones in the way.

Tonight, the Charlottesville Planning Commission and City Council have a scheduled
joint public hearing on how to prioritize pedestrian facilities.
From an urban planning perspective there have long been guidelines to direct these City improvements, there are over fifty mentions of sidewalks in
Charlottesville’s Comprehensive Plan (a few are listed here).

So which pedestrians are blessed? We like pedestrians, but some more than others.
And when it’s a question of cars versus pedestrians, for whom do we provide?

The street above, Franklin, is a neighborhood street, carrying around 1600 vehicles per day.
Of those vehicles, 74% are not local traffic, traffic arising from the neighborhoods on
either side of the railroad tracks, they are from elsewhere.
They are piloted by Outlanders cutting through, using neighborhood streets to
avoid the pesky street lights on the arterial streets and collector roads.

If Franklin passed through nice neighborhoods it is likely that these issues
(pedestrian safety and cut-through) would have been addressed long ago.
What do I mean by nice neighborhoods? Neighborhoods with some money.
Glance at the street in the photo below, it is in the tourist section of town,
not a CDBG neighborhood, lawyers carry briefcases instead of kids toting fishing poles.
The street below was made one way. It has pedestrian provisions on both sides of the street.
No danger of being run over by a potato-chip or a shit-hauling truck on that street.

7th Street
When cities address capital improvement investment, where does the money go?
There is an amazing map technology, GIS, that some localities employ.
With the input of data, one could see the geographical correlation between say,
the dollars spent on capital improvement in a region of the city and the financial
clout of residents in that part of the city.
Are our parks, pedestrian facilities and municipal improvements as accessible
to the poor as to the rich?

find the pedestrian
The process proposed for discussion tonight before our planning commissioners
and elected officials suggests creating a sidewalk list every five years.
Rather than keeping a permanent list, in the sunlight of the Internet,
a permanent list that records when projects were logged on and completed,
a transitory list is proposed.
Thankfully, there was deep thinking on the priorities for the first iteration of this process,
whose needs are to be addressed, poor folks might git somewhere to walk.

What I don’t like is the ephemeral nature of a five year list:

Is there any way to remedy how to include additional citizen requests in a
systematic way? One purpose in creating a new list is to limit it to the amount
that can be built within a 5 year period (in lieu of the 1997 list of 99 projects) so
that citizens can reasonably expect their next opportunity for adding new
projects. Interested persons could submit a request at any time during the 5-year
time frame, the submittal to be kept in a file, and all then evaluated once the next
review cycle approaches.–staff memo

Suppose the Franklin Street Walkers are amongst the chosen, and the sidewalk in their
neighborhoods is slated for construction in the next five years. Oops! but the
sidewalk doesn’t get built. What then? It will be reevaluated, possibly with new criteria,
when the next review cycle comes along? The scheduled project will be unscheduled
and possibly blessed once more?

It’s a smart process, akin to a filing cabinet that every five years
transmogrifies into an incinerator.

Kicking the can down the road. We know how this game gets played. We beg, we plead, we excoriate. And sometimes, change happens.