When Bad Ideas Fly—II
To the west of Foxwoods is a vast warren of tiny one-way streets with parked cars in front of row houses. This is the South Philly made famous by Sylvester Stallone’s training runs in “Rocky.” At every corner is either a stop sign or a traffic light.
Foxwoods will be situated on Columbus Boulevard/Delaware Avenue, a six-lane thoroughfare that has interminably long stoplights and is frequently glutted with traffic. On a typically busy afternoon, I’ve spent up to 30 minutes traveling one mile from Dock Street to Staples, which is across the street from the Foxwoods site.
Overhead and parallel to Columbus Boulevard is I-95, the main North-South Interstate Highway.
On the west side of Columbus Boulevard are two tiny entrances and two tiny exits for I-95, each allowing for the passage of one vehicle at a time; each situated at an interminably long light.
The nearest subway stop is 1-1/2 miles away.
In the words of The Philadelphia Inquirer:
This site has the Yogi Berra problem: Nobody would go there because it’s too crowded. Thanks to previous ill-planned developments, this area already features regular jams of visitors and shoppers stewing in their vehicles.
Foxwoods is projected to draw 6 million visitors per year or 16,600 people a day. The Orth-Rogers Associates, Inc. “Final Report on Foxwoods” estimates that 26,000 gamblers will arrive on Fridays and 39,900 on Saturdays. This is a guess. The numbers could be double—or one-half—the estimates.
Whatever the case, thousands of cars trying to enter and leave via single-lane feeds to and from I-95 will turn the neighborhood into a giant bumper-to-bumper parking lot with no one able to get in or out for hours.
City buses and excursion buses will be useless—gridlocked and unable to move.
Add to the mix the usual number of flat tires, overheated engines, fender-benders and road rage incidents, and a traffic nightmare of epic proportions will be created.