Why is there a wall at this intersection in Chicago?
January 25, 2013 9:10 AM Subscribe
At what should be the three-way intersection of Paulina St. and W. Rosehill Dr. in western Edgewater in Chicago, there is a cement wall (looking north
, looking south
) that prevents you from turning from one of these streets onto the other, turning Paulina into a dead end. Why?
posted by enn to law & government (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
(Paulina picks back up again at Bryn Mawr, where there is a normal T intersection.)
Slightly to the west on the same block, there is an alley
that is also terminated in a similar way with a metal fence.
I haven't seen this anywhere else in Chicago and I'm curious when and why this street and alley were blocked off. I've always wondered if it had to do with preserving some kind of line of racial or class segregation. Or perhaps it was just a traffic-calming measure—but if so, there are many, many neighborhoods in Chicago where people complain about through traffic on residential streets, and I'm curious how this instance came to be treated so differently than others.
(Inspired by the discussion in this thread
about streets designed to make it difficult to drive between very proximate places—common in the suburbs, but not in the city.)