New Sidewalks AND TREES for Otis Place
At the end of June and beginning of July, I noticed that new sidewalks were going in on the section of Otis Place between Warder and Georgia Avenue. I also realized that this was one of the prime locations where there was an opportunity to add trees to the neighborhood … and that DDOT was missing it. I immediately contacted DDOT, and with the help of the Mayor’s office was able to meet with DDOT’s Deputy Director Greer Gillis and other DDOT folks on site to discuss the issue.
During the meeting we looked for ways to incorporate trees as part of the sidewalk work. The area in question is the section between the elementary school and the recreation center. DDOT’s original scope of work was to replace the old sidewalks with new concrete exactly in the same footprint. However, in working with DDOT and visiting the site, we identified that we could add trees to this section simply by pushing the sidewalks away from the streets and pulling the existing green areas away from the buildings.
In visiting the work site on August 4th, I was happy to see that work has already begun to rearrange the sidewalk and green spaces to make room for trees this fall.
(Section of sidewalk on the south side of Otis Place next to the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School on August 5th. The new sidewalk will be located along the brick wall and eventually trees will be located along the street.)
Rather than leave such easy enhancements to chance, or to engaged residents, I’m working to bring more community oversight to sidewalk projects. To this end I’ve also introduced a resolution seeking Council support for notification when DDOT commences sidewalk work. Upon receiving a copy of the resolution, Councilmember Mary Cheh responded positively, writing:
You make an excellent point. I’m copying Leif Dormsjo, DDOT Director so he can have appropriate personnel take up your idea.
Large improvement projects, such as sidewalk replacements, can have a tremendous impact on residents’ quality of life. Because of this I feel it is critical that residents have the opportunity to review them and work with DDOT to identify opportunities to improve their neighborhoods when such opportunities exist.Explore posts in the same categories: Streets and Trees comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.