A number of years ago, before the roundabout on Wilson Pike and City Center Boulevard in Brentwood was to be constructed, I sat across from the city manager of Brentwood and commented that this roundabout would certainly congest traffic on an avenue that already is congested. His comment was “Good. We want to slow down traffic.”
Roundabouts are simply seen as a means of restricting traffic flow in today’ city planning schemes. They are prettier than traffic signals and intersections and are currently in favor by planners.
Like some of you, [constructing a roundabout with art in SoBro] seems insane — and contrary to what we drivers would like to see. But roundabouts are popular again just like they were some 50 years ago. And just like the designing of the past, roundabouts will be seen as “stupid” in years to come.
Understand that I’m not arguing the beauty, uniqueness, green-ness, etc., of a traffic circle. It just doesn’t make any rational sense for the driving public.
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