People who live along Soapstone Drive in South Reston have long complained about the parked trucks, RVs, campers, boats and whatnot on both sides of the road, prompting talk of new parking regulations. They've also wanted a safe place to walk. Now, someone has come up with, as they say in the movies, A Plan: killing two birds with one stone.
"PUT A CURB along the side and build a sidewalk where everyone is parking," said Vicky Hamilton, an area resident for 21 years.That's so crazy... it just might work.
Hamilton’s suggestion was met with approval from several other residents attending an informational meeting on the walkway project on Wednesday night, Nov. 5. "If the design is appropriate, the problem could take care of itself," said Sloan Wiesen, area resident and Realtor. Building the walkway on the road’s right-of-way would take away the unwanted parking along the side of the road while preserving the trees planted beyond the area. Designing the walkway in the right-of-way, said Wiesen, would also help the county avoid having to go through a land acquisition process. "Keep the trees and get rid of the cars," said Wiesen.Unless you live in North Reston, anyway. But the county has taken a Google Earth photo of the neighborhood (click to enlarge) and added little dotted lines along both sides of Soapstone to show what a sidewalk might look like. They're also talking about putting a mugger-ific pedestrian tunnel under Soapstone, so as to keep free and unfettered pedestrian access to the 7-11. Sweet!
So why are people so up in arms over the parking along Soapstone?
Hamilton said she has seen people engage in strange, and at times, illegal activity on the side of Soapstone, including a man who sets up a shop to fix cars in the area.What could be wrong with that? Sounds like a recipe for hilarity to us: