Set in “Stone” : The Neighborhood Divide

If you haven’t been following this blog you missed my rant about the concrete work in my city. It’s here for future reference:

https://mickeyhoffman.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/a-mystery-in-concrete/

The city government is obsessed with what they refer to as traffic calming dividers. These are blobs of pavement that jut out from corners or divide traffic lanes. In my opinion, someone important or influential owns a concrete company because the money the city spends on this stuff could be used elsewhere.

Anyway, about a year ago the powers that be decided to place a street divider in front of my house. This was to slow down the cars. The city hasn’t done anything about slowing down the skateboarders who zoom from the top of a hill in a nearby alley and roll right into passing traffic which is way more dangerous. Or, they could have made the intersection a four-way stop sign like many, many others. But instead, the concrete men came and constructed an ovoid island of concrete and then covered it with river rock. It was lovely when new and now it’s even more beautiful. I will give you a moment to admire it. Notice the accompanying cracked pavement and weed growth.

mystreetdivider

Ignore the dry grass on the other side of the street. We are in a drought and aren’t supposed to water the grass. It’s not a reflection on the “quality” of the residents.

If you travel one mile south, to the neighborhood where some of our city council members reside, you will find quite a different scene. Here’s the street divider those folks got.

landparkdivider

Note they got a two-tiered island which even has a small tree growing in it. There’s also a bird bath but it’s hard to see due to all the greenery. This neighborhood has an average income higher than my neighborhood and very few apartment houses. I guess those people a mile down the road just appreciate foliage more. Right.

Do these dividers slow down traffic? Not that I’ve noticed on my street. They do make it harder to park. Perhaps the drought will sooner or later nullify these esthetic differences. The whole city might look like the Sahara soon. With concrete.

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~ by mickeyhoffman on July 25, 2015.

2 Responses to “Set in “Stone” : The Neighborhood Divide”

  1. Reminds me of all those street dividers we find when driving around in England. Worst of all are the ones where busses are allowed to take a straight line, but cars have to be contorted into pretzels to get through. Meanwhile drivers are contorted into raging lunatics, if their facial expressions are anything to go by.

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