Friday, January 25, 2013

Political Slogans for Over-Simplification

"No white man's roads through black mans' homes."  ?!?! 

Never-mind the 250 foot wide power line right of way,  more then adequate for a 4 x 4 I-95 extension into Washington, D.C., at 4 lanes at 12@ = 48 x 2 = 96 + 4 shoulders @12 = 144 feet wide.

This right of way already was in existence by the 1950s, yet the inside the Beltway I-95 extension was instead officially routed to the south  along Northwest Branch Park to the then new Prince Georges County Plaza shopping center.

That things where not what they were popularly presented as being was something I began thinking about in 1972, at the age of 9, traveling with my family by automobile to Washington, D.C., and first encounter this paradox with regard to the I-95 ‘stumps’.

Supposedly, as I was then told by a hotel employee, I-95 was stopped at the Beltway as a ‘white mans roads through black mans’ homes’.

Yet clearly juxtapositioned with this stopped highway is its physically clear existing right of way of a 250 foot wide power line right of way pointing towards this Union Station’s northern B&O Metropolitan Branch railroad industrial corridor.

I-95 ‘stub’ roadways just inside the Beltway, alongside parallel PEPCO right of way.
That was some ‘white mans road through black man’s home’ with its wide open 250 foot wide PEPCO power line right of way extending to some 1600 feet from the DC line at New Hampshire Avenue, before continuing another 1600 feet to connect with the B&O Railroad route.

Un-built inside the Beltway & D.C. I-95 via the PEPCO-B&O RR Route,
National Archives II at right

This is THE logical route for inside the Beltway I-95, for its use of existing right of way and for its proximity to New Hampshire Avenue and by extension the east west Missouri Avenue providing superior serviceability into northern Washington, D.C..

As planned by 1973, this route for inside the Beltway I-95 would have taken about 0 dwellings in Maryland, and clusters of 23 and 5 near the north side of New Hampshire Avenue, just inside D.C. flanking the open field of the Masonic Eastern Star Home at 6000 New Hampshire Avenue, and then another 34 at the western edge of Brookland.

The numbers are so low because of the extensive re-use of existing corridors and right of ways- namely the PEPCO right of way and the B&O Metropolitan Brach RR corridor with its lightly developed industrial strip providing the space to grade an 8 lane freeway, with little need to displace residential dwellings- with that for the I-95 segment of the B&O North Central Freeway limited to 34, as per a 1970 DCDPW design revision reducing it from the 69 of the 1966 design. 

Completing I-95 all the way from its ‘stumps’ at the Beltway to New York Avenue, as designed by 1973 would have displaced a total of some 57 dwellings- a figure comparable to that taken for constructing the – mile long Inter Counter Connector – miles to the north in Maryland, or the reconstruction of the I-95/I-495 Beltway interchange in Virginia – while serving some 220,000 vehicles of people daily.

In contrast to the 1973 version which would have displaced some 57, the 1960 version would have displaced some 1,095 alone.

Despite the concern over displacing homes, the U.S. and D.C. government's just permitted the construction of 111 residential dwellings , called "the Hampshires" upon the Masonic Eastern Star Home field upon the connecting segment between the southern end of the commercial strip in Maryland at the power-line's southern end, and the B&O corridor within D.C.

Completing its continuations to the portions of the Washington, D.C. that were built – the I-95 North Leg East connecting to the I-95 Center Leg, and the I-295 East Leg connecting to the SE Freeway – as designed by 1971 would have respectively displaced 600+ and 172 dwellings.

This is where the most dwellings would have been torn down (and replaced with new housing). 

Yet the biggest protests against “white mans roads through black mans homes” occurred at the site of the proposed I-266 Three Sisters Bridge alongside Georgetown University (that would have displaced 0 dwellings), and at the area of the B&O Route I-95 North Central Freeway in Brookland alongside Catholic University of America, that would have displaced 34 as per the 1970s and later planning, or 69 as per the 1966 plan.

Meanwhile, such issues of mitigation as the increasing use of the existing corridors – earlier planning took far more of a lets cut an all new swath through dwellings and parklands – and that of cut and cover tunneling, containing noise and pollution while reclaiming surface land for other uses, were oddly “forgotten.” 

(As a historian of the planning of Washington, D.C.’s – discuss matter of finding nothing about the 1966 plan’s proposal to cover the I-95 North Central Freeway alongside the main campus of Catholic University of America, nor any objection when the cover was deleted.)

Things took on a clearly Hegelian dialectics turn by the mid 1960s with the political undermining of the B&O route that had been proposed by the November 1, 1962 Kennedy Administration report.

Friday, January 11, 2013

More Surreality via The Weather?

concerning 'thunder down under'

Published on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Common Dreams

Burning 'Deep Purple': Australia So Hot New Color Added to Index

An 'unparalleled setting of new heat extremes' continues

- Jon Queally, staff writer

Deep purple... the Bureau of Meteorology's interactive weather forecasting chart has added new colors. (Photo: Bureau of Meteorology)Wild fires continue to rage across Australia Tuesday and temperatures have become so hot the country's Bureau of Meteorology was forced to add a new color—deep purple—to show areas that have exceeded all-time heat records. more

Friday, January 4, 2013

Masonic Warning Beacon

Deference of officials to the Vatican by scrapping Extending the Legacy
to avoid moving the St Vincent DePaul Roman Catholic Church

(Imagine the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool being so blocked-)

“Similarly, Fred took unprecedented steps to heal misunderstandings between Freemasonry and the Roman Catholic Church. Through personal conferences with high Vatican officials in Rome and in Washington, he set the cornerstone for building cordial relations between the two great institutions."

Fred Kleinknecht's time as 'Sovereign Grand Commander
 is termed "Extending the Legacy"

U.S.N.C.P.C.'s program featuring the un-officially named South Capitol Mall
is also called "Extending the Legacy"

Instead, the planning goes apostate- owing to an unpublicized refusal of the Roman Catholic Church to allow relocating the St Vincent DePaul Church (the only building essentually saved by cancelling the Extending the Legacy 'South Capitol Mall'), followed by the erection of National Ballpark Baseball Stadium further  intruding upon the space

April 17, 2008 Papal Mass Washington, D.C. Nationals Stadium