Here's an "Official" timeline for events after the opening of the pedestrian island at Ridge & Midvale
Opening + 6 months: EFDC issues a glowing report on how well received the project has been!
+8 months: Original plantings begin to need professional horticultural attention.
+14 months: Trash is noticable on the island.
+18 months: First homeless individual is evicted from the island.
+24 months: EFDC announces that funding has run out for island upkeep, and a fundraising drive is begun.
+30 months: NAIC cites a rising number of claims at the intersection as justification for raising auto insurance premiums in the 19129 zipcode
+36-48 months: With some funds finally available, the island's plantings are removed, and the surface cemented, then fenced with poles & chain.
+5.3 years: Residents begin to ask themselves if this was a good idea in the first place, and begin the process to remove the vacant, weedy, refuse-strewn obstruction.
+10-15 years: The city of Philadelphia dispatches a streets crew to demolish the structure and repave the intersection. However, they mis-interpret the survey and create a bottleneck southbound onto EastRiv....oops, I mean- Kelly Dr.
We all know this is true!
and, 20 years from now, if the things still there, with flowers on it, then I"ll eat my hat