As an Eckington resident, I don’t find much romance or nostalgia in the design of “Dave Thomas Circle” [“You want fries with that traffic jam?,” Style, Dec. 27]. Like many in Eckington, I walk or bike through the intersection on a near-daily basis. Every day, I find myself cursing its existence or praying for my survival as I bravely ford the multiple lanes of speeding traffic filled with drivers who don’t always pay attention to its confusing signage.
I was downright thrilled when the District Department of Transportation began exploring ways to redesign this intersection — Eckington Place NE, First Street NE and Florida and New York avenues NE — to make it safer and less stressful to cross, especially for the pedestrians and other non-motorists who use it daily to get to work and school.
However, with every passing month, I become less and less optimistic that the District will find the funding to fix this quagmire of a street crossing.
As the old saying goes, you only get one first impression. Right now, a gateway into the District says visitors must risk life or limb to enter our city. I hope DDOT chooses a design that makes Dave Thomas Circle a safer, more pleasant route for its regular users, and I implore our elected officials to ensure its redesign gets the funding it needs.
Shelley Vinyard, Washington