|Recently rebuilt Wilshire/Brighton intersection|
|Brighton Blvd in red, Wilshire (north side) and Tuxedo (south) in green.|
Unfortunately Brighton Blvd is also a shortcut, that connects Wilshire to Tuxedo, and get's lots of use for people wanting to cut through the neighborhood. There is a palatable sense of disrespect for the neighborhood and street users by the automobiles that go through here everyday. Despite the fact it's a narrow street, houses close to it, Swenson Park, sharp turns and people on it, cars drive through too fast. I would've hoped that this could have been improved during the reconstruction of this street last year, possibly with stop signs, paint, police enforcement, and at worse, speed bumps, but I fear it was rebuilt the same way, and could possibly be worse at the intersection I'm about to focus on.
For the last five years, I have walked a group of small children from my house, along Wilshire to Brighton so we could play at Swenson Park. We only did it a couple times a summer, in part, because of the disrespectful traffic on the streets. One of the worst parts about the walk was crossing from Wilshire to get to Brighton. Wilshire has barely tolerable walking shoulders for the most part, with the exception of the bridge, which has sidewalks, but traffic still rushes by making a person feel insignificant. Brighton, is a better street, but the intersection of Wilshire and Brighton was (before reconstruction of Brighton) a nightmare.
|Intersection of Wilshire/Brighton before reconstruction last summer.|
Walking eastbound on Wilshire, to then cross Wilshire to get onto Brighton, now one has to walk onto a turn lane.
|Someone walking eastbound would have to cross here. Where are they supposed to walk?|
|Walking westward here, note the sidewalk coming to an abrupt end/beginning.|
|The same mailboxes from the previous picture. It's clear the priority of this intersection is that cars move fast through here. It feels that there was no consideration of people here.|