Historical Site

Is Stonehenge the origin of the traffic island?

What is it about Stonehenge that makes people take their senses leave? Oh, why should a harmless group of megaliths induce a softening of the brain? Such questions Hill persistently, with erudition examines in her witty book Stonehenge. One great strength of Hill is that her method does not merely laugh at what appears as [...]

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Parliament Square – Traffic Island History

This traffic island in the middle of London was designed by Charles Barry in 1868 to improve traffic and featured London’s first traffic signal. (Click here to see a great image of Parliament square from 1897 owned by the Getty.) It sustained damages during World War II and Grey Wornum was commissioned to redesign it [...]

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Lord Mason Complains to House of Lords about difficulty in getting to Parliament Square

“My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Earl for that informative reply. Is he aware that pedestrians crossing Bridge Street at the junction with Parliament Square are allocated a mere 12.5 seconds to cross in every minute-and-a-half; that is, eight-and-one-third minutes in every hour? In practice the position is even worse. Pedestrians, many of [...]

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Hippies on an Island in the 60s

That was the meeting place.
If I went down there, I was bound to end up running off on some kind of rendezvous.
Or we’d just hang, have some apple wine.

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Origins and Histories of Traffic Islands

The origin of the traffic island is nebulous. Was it ancient Rome or Stonehenge or were those precursors? Did it first appear in France or England and when did the traffic circle become a roundabout? The traffic island is, arguably, a reflection of the movement of people in the built environment. The Romans, who implemented [...]

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Island Art Controversy

One of the largest public art controversies occurred on a traffic island on Jerome and Gerard avenues in Bronx, NY when John Ahearn’s realistic sculptures on an island spark controversy and are removed by him within days of their installation.

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A stroll on a former streetcar route

The evening began with a picnic and discussion on a triangular island across the street from the islands on a former streetcar route in Los Angeles.  Details of this event are found on this post.

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An Infamous Island Grassy Knoll in Dallas

A few weeks ago, a small group of UTD (University of Dallas at Texas) students and I ventured to Dealey Plaza. It was part of the Staybite: Modes of Operation exhibition in the university art gallery.

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