Senseless tree box hazard in Chinatown
The barren tree box pictured below is in front of 513 H Street NW. The combination of the iron steps from the rowhouse and the treebox effectively narrow the passable segment of sidewalk down to roughly 2 feet wide.
Barren treebox narrows sidewalk in front of 513 H Street NW
I’ve seen pedestrians trip in this area on numerous occasions as they weren’t expecting the sidewalk to inexplicably choke down to near nothingness. Last year during the National Night Out walk with MPD, Miles Groves tipped his segway and fell over trying to navigate this narrowing path. I’m failing to see how preserving this dirt box is worth the issues it causes.
The Downtown BID should brick off this tree box as it is a hazard with no redeeming value. If the BID want to ensure that there remains one tree box on this segment of streetscaping then shifting the box a few dozen feet east in front of Full Kee where sidewalk space isn’t competing with stairs makes more sense.
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