Philadelphia has come up with a new genius plan that’s supposed to “calm” traffic and protect citizens, but it certainly looks dangerous.
Midblock crosswalks are blossoming around town. This one’s on 10th between Market and Filbert, there’s another one in the 1700 block of Arch. That one seems safer because lots of people use it — there are skyscrapers on each side of the street.
This one is where the Gallery used to be. There is not much foot traffic and cars think it’s the Indy 500. Drivers can see — or should see — they are approaching a ramp and yellow signs indicate a pedestrian crossing.
Would the cars stop? I stepped out into traffic as a couple of cars crossed Filbert and headed toward me at more than 25 m.p.h., it seemed.
They did stop.
And I went home to change my underwear.