This happens at every construction site in center city Philadelphia. It's the reason that city council wanted to pass an ordinance that construction companies keep the walk ways clear.
Yesterday, I saw a mom walking with her little kids around the construction site like this. At night, when it's dark. Absurd.
Well, it is one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the city. The only other way to cross is at the crossing with medians at JFK or S Penn Square. Are those closed off too? If that's the case, the only way across is to cross JFK or S Penn Square, walk over to Broad, and then cross.
And yes, those aren't FAR, but let's be honest with ourselves: people are going to take the shortest route to get where they need to go.
No one thought of this in the planning?
AFAIK this was passed a year or two ago. It can still be skirted with proper permits, but I remember seeing a large reduction in sidewalk blocking.
It's the reason that city council wanted to pass an ordinance that construction companies keep the walk ways clear.
I made a map:
The Blue is the options people have NOT to go into the street.
The Yellow is the paths that some people choose to take.
The Red/Black is the fence in areas.
As you can see people choose to go out there when they were presented other options before they even get there. Now I can understand this when they close off the entrence at Market..but its just crazy and stupid.
Last edited by mixiboi; 12-11-2011 at 05:10 PM.
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People value those 5 extra minutes they save by not crossing and walking where it's safer than their own lives. It's the same sense I get when I see fools running out in front of traffic to catch a Septa bus on an opposite corner - is it worth dying over waiting 10 minutes for the next bus? I guess so.
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