Georgetown’s affordability has lent itself to a wave of entrepreneurship and this ‘hood has seen itself quickly become a hotspot for new shops and restaurants. Its booming food, retail and nightlife zone now stretches the entirety of the west side of Airport Way and has started to bleed to the east side of Airport, which was once reserved for Work/Art space. Patrons of these establishments are finding they simply can’t get to businesses or safely from their cars during prime dining hours without engaging in a dangerous game of real-life Frogger.
The problem is compounded by the fact Airport Way is an often the recommended escape route when I-5 is at its worst, making for a stream of already agitated drivers who treat the street much like the freeway they just emerged from, leading community advocates to ask the City’s Pedestrian Safety Coordinator for a walking tour of the district. In May of 2014, a proposal was recommended for funding for 2 crosswalks through the Neighborhood Parks & Street Fund. It was rejected by SDOT who argued that “crosswalks are dangerous” and there weren’t enough pedestrian injuries in the impact area.
Even though Georgetown is not the most child-friendly of neighborhoods due to the overhead plane pollution (they have to import sand to play in, indoors for cripe’s sake) and industrial zoning, kids do live there and when two children were seriously injured by cars in quick succession last August, the city’s “pedestrian injury” defense didn’t seem to hold much water. Since then, the Georgetown Merchants Association has attempted to discuss the situation with SDOT on multiple occasions-and have not been met with a response at press time- but will continue to pursue the issue with the city till the safety of their residents and customers is no longer a problem.
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