by Max Brantley
I'm in receipt of a letter from a lawyer who works in an office tower downtown. He files a dissenting report to the Democrat-Gazette's generally sunny report this morning on how smooth traffic flowed at the new eStem charter schools located in D-G publisher Walter Hussman's building at Third and Louisiana.
I'd commented yesterday that, despite plenty of traffic, it seemed to be moving when I parked in the Main Street deck around 8 a.m. yesterday. School was out by the time I went home. Nonetheless, on the jump, a high-level observation.
UPDATE: The same observer reports that things improved today.
LETTER TO THE BLOG EDITOR
I notice how the Democrat Gazette had a front page story about how smoothly the flow of traffic at the eStem Charter School went yesterday. I watched the pickup of kids from 19 floors above Louisiana Street yesterday afternoon. It was awful on 3rd, 4th, and Louisiana, but especially on Louisiana. For those headed north on Louisiana, traffic was at a standstill for a good 45 minutes due to cars sitting at the light at 3d while the light turned from red to green and back several times. They would just sit at the green light at 3rd while they waited for a spot to open in front of the Louisiana entrance to the school.
If I were northbound on Louisiana, or trying to turn left off of 4th onto Louisiana northbound (for instance, a guest at the Peabody or the Capital Hotel), I would have been furious at those parents that just sat at the green light and blocked traffic.
I can never believe the reporting of the DG on the eStem School after seeing what they wrote this morning as compared to my bird’s eye view of the reality.
It does seem that there is a fairly simple solution – prohibit parking on the northbound side of Louisiana between 4th and 3rd so that the cars that are waiting to pick up kids can pull over to the right and let the other traffic go through.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE
Things were much improved this afternoon. It seems like most parents parked a few blocks away and walked down to get their kids rather than wait in line on Louisiana and block traffic.
If the Democrat Gazette had just waited a few days to pat Hussmann and Brooks on the back, their story would have been credible.