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A Crosswalk Too Far: The Hunt for America’s Least Crossable Street
Posted By Angie Schmitt On May 14, 2014 @ 1:21 pm In Cincinnati,Cleveland,Florida,Raleigh | 39 Comments
Last February, Streetsblog readers determined the worst intersection  in America. Then you pinpointed a suburban area with streets so windy and disconnected, it would take a seven mile  trip to travel between two houses that shared a back yard. And for two  years  running you’ve helped shame the nation’s most parking-scarred downtowns.
But there’s a special class of shame-worthy street we have yet to fully examine — and they haunt all corners of America. We’re talking about the street with an enticing destination on the other side, but no access, no crosswalk, no safe way to get across. A street that separates more than connects.
Put in this position, a rational person would just make a dash for it rather than walk as much as half a mile out of the way. But that decision can also put you in danger. And that’s the problem.
With some help from our readers and Twitter friends, we’ve put together a little collection of these divisive streets. Please share your own examples in the comments or send them to angie [at] streetsblog [dot] org.
Cincinnati: MLK Boulevard at Vine Street
Here’s an unfortunate scenario in Cincinnati. A key stretch of Martin Luther King Boulevard  operates much like a moat. On one side of the street visitors to the University of Cincinnati stay at the Hampton Inn. Almost directly across the street is University Commons — a park area designed to be a “contemplative space .” Wouldn’t it be nice if visitors had access?
But to do that, they have to walk approximately a quarter mile out of the way:
West Palm Beach: North Military Trail at Annette Street
This submission comes to us from the excellent Florida Massacre Twitter account, which pointed us to West Palm Beach’s dreadfully isolating North Military Trail . Amazingly, this uncrossable barrier is right next to Northwood University.
If you want to walk from Dollar General  on North Military to Papa John’s pizza across the street, you’d have to travel 1.36 miles out of your way to access a crosswalk. Yeesh.
Cleveland: Carnegie Road at East 9th Street
Carnegie Road in Cleveland  is dreadful. Running just south of downtown, it is so frequently interrupted by highway exits, it’s more of a high-speed off ramp to somewhere else than a part of the city. Chris Stocking singled out this area — Carnegie by East 9th Street — for its utter un-traversibility.
Were one to walk from the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown to the popular Aladdin’s Restaurant on the other side of the street, the journey would be nearly a quarter mile.
Raleigh: Capital Boulevard
This one comes to us from David Edmondson, who first blogged about  the lack of crosswalks on this nine-lane suburban thoroughfare in 2011. Crosswalks are spaced about 0.3 miles apart on this stretch of Capital Boulevard .
It looks like this road is a nightmare to cross on foot. To get from America’s Best Value Inn, on the west side of the street, to Starmount Mart  on the east, you’d have to walk 0.28 miles.
Got a good example in your own town? Shoot an email to angie [at] streetsblog [dot] org.
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 worst intersection: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2013/02/05/the-votes-are-in-omaha-abomination-voted-worst-intersection-in-the-u-s/
 seven mile: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2013/02/28/sprawl-madness-two-houses-share-backyard-separated-by-7-miles-of-roads/
 two: http://usa.streetsblog.org/category/special-reports/parking-madness
 years: http://usa.streetsblog.org/category/special-reports/parking-madness-2014/
 key stretch of Martin Luther King Boulevard: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Vine+St+%26+Martin+Luther+King+Dr+Wfirstname.lastname@example.org,-84.5070631,667m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x8841b3919fb19979:0xbd03b86ec432ab3a
 contemplative space: http://www.hargreaves.com/projects/Academic/UCinnUCommons/
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 dreadfully isolating North Military Trail: https://www.google.com/maps/place/N+Military+Trail+%26+Annette+Stemail@example.com,-80.1107636,754m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x88d929e8f34cf38b:0x18939717733ad706
 Dollar General: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dollar+Generalfirstname.lastname@example.org,-80.1106749,154m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x88d929ef1552cd25:0xcdfbeda706532e2d
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 Carnegie Road in Cleveland: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Carnegie+Ave+%26+E+9th+Stemail@example.com,-81.6811556,633m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x8830fa8660e65f09:0xb4cdac87451734da
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 first blogged about: http://thegreatermarin.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/the-land-without-crosswalks/
 this stretch of Capital Boulevard: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Capital+Blvd+%26+Mayflower+Drfirstname.lastname@example.org,-78.5862606,677m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x89ac59405fda4e19:0xf1987d4fefd49601
 Starmount Mart: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Starmount+Martemail@example.com,-78.5867045,70m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x89ac596a8b2c6cf5:0xad86581c4c047c30!2sCapital+Urgent+Care!3m1!1s0x0:0xa91fa1bc9acac4f8
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