Not Entirely

Spring thaw has begun, which brings its own issues. It’s hard not to get proprietary about the path when for the past three months, you’ve rarely seen more than one or two people out there with you.

Just below the curve, which was much thicker with ice. March 9, 2015.

Just below the curve, which was much thicker with ice. March 9, 2015.

It’s not quite clear yet; Oak Street is still treacherous, albeit passable. Earlier in the day (and month, for that matter), I’d seen chatter on Twitter about why there is not a solution for keeping the Curve cleared of ice. Calls for a giant seawall. Something. Anything.

I like that the curve is impassable for some number of winter days each year. Just like I like being out there when it’s so cold that it’s almost foolish, I like that the Lake thrashes through winter, coating the concrete beach in layers of ice and compacted snow. It’s a gauge for the winter: how early the curve ices over, how easily you can walk over it anyway, how soon it thaws enough to use again. I don’t think it’s worth the expense and effort to keep it open.

That said, I wish the city would put just a little money toward making a safe, barrier-protected detour around the inner drive for those of us who commute all winter on our bikes. It’s much cheaper than trying to keep the curve clear. Anyway, we should just let the Lake have its winter fun.

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