I know that y’all must be getting very bored with construction photos, but it’s my website, darnit, so I will post endless pictures of construction if I want to. Also, I would like to point out that if it feels interminable to you on the page, imagine what it feels like to be living in it!
Here’s some confusing and redundant signage which was moved by a construction worker right as I took the picture. Basically, you have a “Road Closed Ahead” sign on a road that was, uhm, closed. Not closed ahead. Closed. This is sort of like having a “No Outlet” sign at the end of a road which has no outlet. Also, the detour signs facing toward each other? They bug me. They should be flipped, so that people more clearly understand that this is a T-intersection. As it is now, it looks like you are caught in The Singularity and there will be no escape.
Redwood Street was actually beginning to look pretty squared away when I took these photos last Friday. The sidewalks have pretty much been poured, although that truly amazing elevation change remains in place; I sort of hopped up onto the roadway when I was done taking these, rather than going all the way around the block to get where I needed to go. I assume that plans are also in the works to do the sidewalks on the other side, and then to deal with the road, so I imagine that this is going to be unnavigable for months.
This lovely sea of pea gravel in front of the Golden West is going to be home to some hideous-ass fake wood very soon. I wonder about the wisdom of installing an incredibly slippery sidewalk surface right in front of the door to a bar, but hey, what do I know. I’m not an urban planner or anything.
Some progress is being made on Laurel Street, albeit very slowly. I ran into Lenore while I was taking this shot, and she said business is still doing reasonably well, but she also looked like she was really tired of the construction. I can’t blame her: Laurel Street was the first to get torn up and it appears to be the last to get finished.Which, I might not, is the exact opposite of what business owners were promised. Bad move for the core of the downtown business district.
A picture from another angle, showing the large load of gravel/asphalt being dumped, presumably for grading so that they can pour the concrete.
Here’s Laurel a week later:
Things are progressing very, very slowly.
The area in front of Headlands still hasn’t been done.
Ripping up the sidewalk along the side of the post office, to prepare for another round:
Finally, a picture of the fake wood I am always railing about, for those of you fortunate enough to be unable to see it in person:
Can we agree that this is ugly? And can we mutually wonder why the City thought it would be a good idea? It sounds incredibly idiotic, it’s perilous, it’s obscenely expensive, and when it’s finished, it doesn’t even look nice? F that.