Because It Only Gets Worse From Here
Anyone living in, visiting or traveling through the U Street area already knows what a snarl it is. Even more than usual, that is.
Take Tuesday, just this week. Starting around 6am, a ceaseless parade of dump trucks began rumbling down Wallach Place – something L2 developer David Franco promised publicly would never, never happen – to haul the day’s dirt away from Wallach and 14th. 14th Street itself now routinely stops traffic heading north/south, and something U Street east/west, to make things easier for the Louis development (which I think we’ll just calling the Coppi’s killer.) One lane traffic is the norm, and will be for a while.
Then at 14 and T, a plethora of contractors have taken to just parking somewhere along 14, or T, or who knows where, as they fumble with ladders or lunch or something. And then this Tuesday a large trailer, carrying a large Cat earth mover, just decided to stop in the intersection, blocking the entire 14 and T intersection.
MEMO to DC parking cops: if contractors can park illegally, if dump trucks can take routes they promised not to use, if builders can just stop their rigs anywhere they want, we get to park anywhere we want and ignore the street sweeping restrictions.
Oh, haha, that’s right. Residents don’t matter. Only those building more buildings really matter.
If this is your idea of fun, look forward to a year+ full of entertainment. A few notes on what’s coming:
- 13th and U PUD: Our friends at JBG have slated a meeting at the Marshall Center (the old Y on 12th between T and S) this Monday evening, October 22, to present their PUD community proposal. Smarter folk than me (and that’s a lot) have pointed out that many of their “benefits” are actually things they’re already to provide as part of the variance, so there’s that. Hmmm…let’s see…anything else happening Monday night that might compete for attendence? Oh, I’m sure there’s not.
- L2: Currently, project manager Shawn Link from Grunley informs us that they’re in the “excavation, underpinning and installation of aggragate piers phase.” Which means they’re a LOOONG way from being near actually laying foundation, let alone getting cranes. Which also means that the dump trucks may soon lessen, only for things to get worse when actual construction begins.
- Louis: JBG helpfully tells us (well, grudgingly in a newsletter) about their auger casting and piering and…oh, sorta forgot to say anything about that whole “whoops” thing with the crane. You know: where they actually had to tear down the old skycrane and put up a new one because, oops, they put the first one up in the wrong spot. A friend in town recently who does serious development elsewhere says “that’s probably about a $100,000 mistake right there.”
- U Street: Oh remember that? Plans to start tearing up all of U Street for redevelopment? Because, you know, the roads surely aren’t in terrible condition from all the heavy construction equipment in the area for the last eight years or so. Yeah, look for that soonish, with even more cones, more lane squeezes, more traffic snarls.
Yeah, I can hear all the teeny tiny violins playing right now. But just remember: swords tend to have two bladed sides. The same development some hail now may become the cause of much grief in the future.
But then, it will be too late. And anyone who complains will just be called names.