Wednesday, October 22, 2008
After arguing with us neighbors about it for three years, the DC Department of Transportation has broken ground on building sidewalks up and down my street. On both sides. Unlike most of the city, our street never had sidewalks -- mostly because the houses here were constructed in the 1950s. This was a time when developers embraced the view that Sidewalks = Crime, The Dangerous Element, and Possible Racial Integration....not necessarily in that order. But, now that we are much more culturally diverse and needing a bit more exercise -- not to mention saving on gas -- people want to walk again. And we are getting our sidewalks.
I was talking about this with a friend last weekend, while watching my son's boyscout troop make mascot flags. (Everybody wanted to be a panther, even though I was lobbying for the scorpion.) My friend told me about a number of studies that showed that in a neighborhood the most powerful thing that binds people together is a sidewalk. Compare two nearly identical sides of a street -- with one lacking a sidewalk -- and the people living on the side with the sidewalk will all know each other. On the side without one, it's unlikely that you will know anyone beyond your direct next door neighbors.
I'm hoping that this news bodes well for us. And I hope those familiar strangers over yonder are friendly.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I know I have been absent (blog-wise) for most of this fall, but I've been happily busy with unblog-wise things. I could be apologetic, but that seems silly when others do it. Would Shackleton apologize for missing his blog entries in between hiking out of Antarctica and returning to rescue his crew a year later? Okay, well, maybe the comparison is a bit grandiose, but there is a point in there someplace.
One of the better things I've been doing is finishing up and seeing installed Lisan's transom window. I will ever after remember her address -- and maybe even the correct zip code too.