Pedestrians heading to the rear entrances of Politics and Prose and Little Red Fox, off 36th Street Northwest, no longer have to walk in the street – thanks to this new sidewalk.
On the south side of Ellicott Street just off Connecticut, part of the sidewalk is getting a makeover. And a new sidewalk is going in at Linnean Terrace.
Increasing the sidewalk network is a good thing, and I’m sure our neighbors on Linnean Terrace will enjoy theirs. However, I have to wonder if DDOT is following its own priority system for filling sidewalk gaps. DDOT has developed a point system to weigh proximity to schools, parks, recreational facilities, Metro stations and bus stops, as well as the amount of traffic on the roadway and whether there’s a sidewalk on at least one side of the roadway.
Linnean Terrace is off the beaten track. It does not a direct route to Connecticut Avenue, a bus stop, shopping, a school or a playground. It does not get a lot of traffic.
The question lingers: Why Linnean Terrace? The Forest Hills neighborhood has other gaps in its sidewalk network that under DDOT’s priority system would seem to rise to the top of the list:
Have you noticed any new sidewalk work in your area? Does it improve walkability?