Grid Control, Vol. 26: The 2-Pocalyptic contagion claims another victim as Market Street capitulates to modernity.


I walked the length of the Market Street reversion, and the first day of two-way traffic appears to have been smooth, with nothing near the agitated (and unwarranted) hair-pulling that accompanied Spring Street’s changeover two weeks ago.

We begin at the intersection of Vincennes and East Market with the familiar symbol of municipal surrender to auto-centrism, the sharrow (above). I predict you’l be seeing lots of these on Market, which as yet has not been completely striped from about 10th to Vincennes. Below, very deep angled parking spaces await striping near the unsightly mess borne of the Lancaster/Market Boy duggins-lition.

Will these be bikes lanes without buffers?

This would be a candidate for the caption contest. The vehicle in the middle might have been there a while, anyway.

The nest view is the closest I saw to an accident, from long-distance. I’ll diagram it.

The driver northbound on 11th wanted to turn left (westbound) on Market, but had to wait until the driver traveling eastbound in what is now the wrong lane (on Market) got out of the way. Fortunately the northbound driver saw what was happening and paused. The eastbound driver finally took stock of the situation in front of the funeral home and observed the proper lane.

On both sides of the memorial island are strips of, well, what?

The 7th Street intersection was fine.

In was a rainy afternoon with little traffic. Of course, Market always has been lightly traveled. The intersection with Bank Street was deserted. In spite of the angled spaces as yet unstriped, drivers looked to be making the right choices.

Market and Pearl.

The two-way stretch of Market Street begins/ends at State Street. Officer Haub waited by the fork to correct the errant.

There’s not enough time at present, but a thought was prompted for a future installment of Grid Control: why wasn’t the two-way reversion extended all the way into the West End?

My immediate guesses would be (a) the state of Indiana’s control of the grid adjacent to the interstate ramps, and/or (b) access to the parking garage and the obstruction of the needless median between State and W. 1st.

Jeff Speck addressed this; when there’s time, I’ll dig out his (ignored) recommendation. Until then, let me know what you’re thinking about a future two-way Market Street between State and W. 5th.


Grid Control, Volume 25: If Breakwater’s overflow parking has been “donated” by AT&T, why weren’t crosswalks installed for residents to access it?

Grid Control, Vol. 24: Deliver me this.

Grid Control, Vol. 23: City’s fuddy-duddies losing their minds as the debut for a two-way Spring Street is pegged at August 29.

Grid Control, Vol. 22: City engineer Larry Summers answers our questions about intersection striping errors and the “No Trucks” sign removal.

Grid Control, Vol. 21: Murderous intersection at Spring & 10th to be repaved and restriped — and, the hocus-pocus with a disappearing “No Trucks” sign at Spring & Vincennes.

Grid Control, Vol. 20: As Team Gahan dawdles, another bicyclist is crushed into mincemeat at 10th & Spring’s dangerous dogleg.

Grid Control, Vol. 19: In a positive move, HWC begins righting the wrong cross hatching on Spring Street.

Grid Control, Vol. 18: Finally a few BoW street grid project answers, almost all of them citing “contractor error.”

Grid Control, Vol. 17: Judging by the misdirection of this “CROSS TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP” sign, we now reside in the British Empire.

Grid Control, Vol. 16: What about HWC’s cross hatching correction? Will this be finished before or after Team Gahan declares victory?

Grid Control, Vol. 15: Dooring enhancement perfectly epitomizes Deaf Gahan’s “biking last” approach to grid modernization.

Grid Control, Vol. 14: Yes, you can still park on the south side of Spring Street during the stalled two-way grid project.


Grid Control, Vol. 12: Meet the artistic crosswalk design equivalent of dogs playing poker.

Grid Control, Vol. 11: HWC Engineering meets with St. Marks, city officials nowhere to be found.

Grid Control, Vol. 10: City officials predictably AWOL as HWC Engineering falls on its sword over striping errors.

Grid Control, Vol. 9: “This was supposed to be discussed with us,” but Dear Leader doesn’t ever discuss, does he?

Grid Control, Vol. 8: City Hall characteristically mum as HWC Engineering at least tries to answer the cross-hatching question.

Grid Control, Vol. 7: What will the Board of Works do to rectify HWC’s striping errors on the north side of Spring Street, apart from microwaving another round of sausage biscuits?

Grid Control, Vol. 6: Jeff Speck tweets about NA’s grid changes, and those missed bicycling opportunities.

Grid Control, Vol. 5: Egg on HWC Engineering’s well-compensated face as it botches Spring Street’s westbound bike buffer cross hatching.

Grid Control, Vol. 4: But this actually isn’t a bus lane, is it?

Grid Control, Vol. 3: TARC’s taking your curbside church parking, says City Hall.

Grid Control, Vol. 2: Southsiders get six more parking inches, but you gotta love those 10-foot traffic lanes on Spring.

Grid Control, Vol. 1: You people drive so freaking horribly that someone’s going to die at Spring and 10th.