This 18-wheeler was paralyzed for a good while, apparently having misjudged the turn at 8th Street. We're probably lucky the utility poles weren't mowed down like stray kindling, but it's like the Board of Works always says: "Problem? There's no problem -- because we just look the other way."
And the school buses ... brother, they open it up on Spring Street, particularly from 15th to 7th. When the school corporation's operatives aren't otherwise pre-occupied destroying urban housing stock or looking for new jobs, they're presiding over a few lead-footed drivers. Has a school bus ever been ticketed in the history of the city?
Is there a NASCAR division for school buses?
I love the morning roar-bys, and the way my iPhone camera can't adjust in lesser light. Note that it isn't merely an illusion of speed. Since trucks from Tiger and J & J are eager only to leave town, they're not slowing down to enjoy the scenery.
Trucks to the left, and the right, and a school bus at the starting blocks. Any chance of a walker getting across the street, or did we erase the crosswalks at this intersection, too?
And then, seconds later ... but even an inveterate curmudgeon has to concede that when your hat's being blown from your head, and the mechanized din is too pervasive to hear the voices inside your own head, the sight of an American flag reminds us that our soldiers have fought and died for the city's collective right to surrender control over the public right of way in front of its citizens' houses.
Feeling patriotic yet?
There it is ... another dump trucks racing to beat the clock. Somewhere near Hauss Square, an underling is being dispatched to assure us that quite soon, this situation's going to be reversed, you know, just as soon as cowering politicians acquire enough political cover from a far-off consultant to risk doing something about problems they hesitate to even acknowledge.
After all, isn't that why we elect LOCAL leaders? Perhaps if they took a trip out past the cul de sac and joined us on the real streets, to see the way things really work, it might concentrate their thinking.