[TAG] Re: Re: England was nice
mso at oz.net
Fri Oct 7 19:53:11 MSD 2005
Mike Orr wrote:
> Martin J Hooper wrote:
>> Rick Moen wrote:
>>> Here's the roundabout at the bottom, looking at right angles to the
>>> Marin Street ascent:
>> Good grief you've got roundabouts in America... ;) :)
>> I always thought that roads in American cities always were parallel
>> to each other and the corners were always at right angles to each
>> other - Sorta like a grid...
> Cities built during the Industrial era (approx 1860-1960) are like
> that, as are almost all downtowns. But there are always a few
> diagonal roads here and there, usually established before the grid
> system was built.
Washington DC has two grids superimposed. The regular grid goes
north-south. But the main roads are on a diagonal grid. Wherever the
diagonal roads cross, there's a circle. You can call them roundabouts
if you want.
Dupont Circle is one of the most interesting. I couldn't find a picture
of the whole thing but here are parts of it. There's a fountain statue
in the middle, a circle of benches around it, a ring of roads around it,
an underground bypass road, and a metro station.
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