Thursday, March 7, 2013

dark road needs lights

On a stretch of Rosslyn's local Arlington Blvd., lights set within a long concrete wall aren't working.  That makes this section of road and sidewalk dark at night.

Don't be afraid of the dark.  Go and unplug that smiley-faced night light in your bedroom.  Nothing bad will happen.  You'll help reduce carbon emissions.

Persons walking along this sidewalk probably would feel safer with working lights.  Moreover, the Tribune has received reports that cyclists riding along this sidewalk late at night have difficulty seeing pedestrians.  Cyclists must give pedestrians the right of way and should not "brush back" pedestrians on the sidewalk.  Fixing the lights on this dark section of sidewalk would help cyclists adhere to their traffic responsibilities.

The long concrete wall could also use an artistic upgrade.  The new concrete walls associated with the Rt. 50 Rosslyn Access Improvements convey blossoming palm trees and greenery.  The local Rosslyn Arlington Blvd. wall might be painted with a life-like vista of gardens and trees, and a sinuous, slowly flowing river.  In the center should be a shining gold skyscraper of pleasure with a dome like Artisphere.  Engraved in the stone in large, block-measured letters should be ROSSLYN.  Along the top, write a tribute in Mongolian calligraphy:
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

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