We all heard about the c-curb madness. A few weeks back. (Our very own Oran has a great photo gallery on Flickr of the intersection in question. It’s worth a view.)
And it sank in a little bit: Light rail means more than some temporary changes and construction delays, it means an altering of our city.
Mostly this alteration is a good thing: Less emissions, less crowded buses, more options. But in other cases, change can be frustrating. Sometimes you lose free parking opportunities in another neighborhood from your own. Sometimes you get wires in the way of your view. Sometimes you can’t make a left turn into a gas station. And, you know, any change will end up frustrating at least one person used to the time before.
My neighborhood, Capitol Hill, has seen its own share of changes because of light rail. But on the other end of it, once we’re used to these changes and annoyances and benefits and efficiencies, the city is going to be better off. Light rail opens in seventeen hours and twenty minutes.