|At City View Cemetery last week|
|In the Sunday paper on reviving talks|
Among all the talk about fears of vandalism, we do not give sufficient weight to the damage created by our "ordinary" autoism. As with many other policy topics, our cars, their demands and impacts, have become invisible background noise, and we need to center them again.
|Compaction, emissions, erosion, cutting corners (2012)|
|These bollards did not work (2012)|
When we talk about historical integrity, we erase the alterations and impacts of car traffic from the mid- and late-20th century, and now 21st century, on a lane system and plot grid originally configured for foot and carriage traffic. By centering cars again, we give additional context and proportion to any wear and tear caused by greater foot or bike traffic.
History of Path Concept
There is a clear documented need for a connection here. With City View the cemetery is a big structural barrier between the Candalaria and Fairmount neighborhoods, and a barrier to the larger matter of a low-traffic connection in between Commercial/Liberty and River Road on a route that extends much further south.
|Without a connection, the 1972 route|
from the Sprague area was terrible
In 1988 we had a Cemetery connection designated, but it was deleted for the 1992 plan.
|Cemetery connection in 1988 regional TSP|
It was taken out in the 1992 plan
(a few more notes on the plan's bike system here)
|Again, from 2005 and discussed here in 2012|
|And again, from 2012|
Hopefully Councilor Nordyke can help mediate a solution that rightly balances protecting the cemetery from vandalism and opening a critical connection in what has been great barrier. Cemeteries are for the living as well as the dead, and we should ensure they live on, knit into the urban fabric and culture.