While walking around lately, my attention fell particularly on the condition of pedestrian crossings. I’m a member of the age cohort that can be expected to have mobility problems, so it has some special significance to me that so many crossings are in terrible condition.
It’s particularly distressing that so many of the features put in place at considerable cost to make street crossing safe are in such disrepair that they constitute additional obstacles. And, the crossing of the railroad tracks by Fulton — what a masterpiece of impediment! Really, is there some reason that the tracks on Buffalo (and State) present such rough going? I’ve seen hundreds of RR crossings much smoother — why does Ithaca put up with it?
Winter is approaching and snow will add to the difficulty of getting around. I’ve noticed for a long time that many curb cuts at corners are made at the exact low spot on the roadway so that there is a guaranteed puddle (or ice patch) just where pedestrians are funneled for their street crossing. Why, oh, why? Road builders seem able to control the height and pitch of the roadway to really close tolerances, so I assume they could tell you where water will accumulate before work begins.
Well, “just saying,” as they say.