I’m sure you’ve heard by now where funding to fill in a portion of the inner loop has been approved- with construction expected to begin as soon as next fall. I’m saddened by this news as I enjoy riding on the inner loop. I use it all the time- for getting back and forth from work, to meeting friends out or simply going for a joy ride. It’s a functioning thoroughfare designed to move traffic in and around the city efficiently- it’s how all the big cities do it.
There’s something to be said driving on a highway nestled close to downtown. Seeing the skyline whizzing by outside my car window is invigorating- makes me feel like I really do live in a big city. And now they want to fill a portion of it in- with dirt- to reconnect old neighborhoods that were torn apart years ago when the loop was first built. I thought the bridges worked just fine in keeping things connected but apparently it’s not enough.
Although a good portion of the loop will remain, it won’t be the same driving on a “crescent” as it is driving the full loop. Apparently others feel the same and I was surprised when I discovered a new facebook group called “Save The Inner Loop”. I joined. Even though I don’t think it will have a big impact- it’s fun to be a part of something with other like-minded people and that’s preserving the inner loop- leaving it as is- instead of wasting money burying perfectly fine infrastructure. https://www.facebook.com/SavetheInnerLoop
photo courtesy of Democrat and Chronicle