I’ve been in Washington, D.C. for a couple of weeks. While this is not my first time in the city, it is my first time staying for any length of time. It’s a great town, with lots, and lots to see. It’s the seat of democracy for the United States.
However, I have been almost driven to the brink of total insanity because I’ve had to drive to many of the places I need to get to in D.C. I’m a New Yorker, born and bred – and for my money, there isn’t an easier city in the world to get around. Everything is lined up in a nice grid. Numbered streets travel up and down, avenues go across. You’d be hard pressed to get lost in NYC.
Washington D.C. is another matter altoghter. It was designed by Pierre Charles L’Enfant the same man who designed Paris. The city is designed on a grid, so to speak – with numbered streets going one way, avenues going another, and other avenues going on diagonals, intersecting with grand plazas, circles, and goodness knows what else. You can find yourself driving down one street, discover you can’t make a right turn (whoever heard of not being able to make a right turn on a street), find yourself driving three more streets down to make the right you wanted a mile back. One would think it would be a simple matter of making the first available right turn, then making another right to go back to where you wanted to be in the first place. Oh no – that would be way to simple. Instead you find yourself endlessly going down one way streets, making bizarre u-turns, only to find yourself hopelessly lost and driving around Dupont Circle with no way off the circle. It’s crazy. As if this wasn’t enough to make your head turn like the excorcist child – they change the directions of the streets during rush hour. Need I say more???
What’s the craziest city you’ve ever had to travel around in?