Photo Friday: Mini-Circles Protest
A post we published a couple weeks ago titled “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 42nd St. Circles,” seems to have sparked renewed opposition to the mini-circles. Though our intent was neither to advocate for nor against the circles – just to provide information on how they came to be and current plans for the installation of permanent ones – the post appears to have been a catalyst for those who oppose the circles to make their case against them.
Joan Silver, whose home is adjacent to the southern-most circle, recently published on the Tenleytown listserv a series titled “Everything You Should Know About The 42nd St. Mini-Circles” (her emphasis). The series seeks to counter claims of neighbors’ support of the mini-circles and how the issue of the circles has been portrayed by the Tenleytown Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the District Department of Transportation, and the Tenley Campus Neighbors Association. Silver’s three initial installments have been compiled here for those interested in learning more about the viewpoints of opponents of the circles.
Her emails struck a chord with other neighbors who subsequently launched a petition calling for “no work [to] be undertaken to make these traffic circles permanent before an independent and objective assessment has been carried out to address a broader range of traffic-related safety issues (not just traffic calming/speeding issues) on 42nd St. NW and at its intersections with Warren St. that affect the neighborhood.” As of 5:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, the petition, which is addressed to the ANC, American University, DDOT, and Councilmember Mary Cheh, had 71 signatures.
Another neighbor purchased signs for circle opponents to put in their yards, images of which are included as this week’s Photo Friday.