Funky Signs

This evening, on the way home from that godawful “effort” the Nats put forth against the Marlins, we came home a different way than usual. Driving along L St., we came to the intersection at 14th, where we wanted to turn right to go back down to 395 and home to Virginia (I know, I know, we’re suburban dwelling cretins with no city driving experience, if you want to toe that line, toe it elsewhere.), however, there’s a sign there that reads “No Right Turn 9pm-5am.”

We saw the same sign at 14th and K (we turned right anyway), and were similarly bewildered. During rush hour, I might be willing to let these signs slide as the product of a civil engineering board, designed to make traffic flow more smoothly, but I can’t come up with a pressing reason that a right turn, in a business district largely unpopulated after dark, would be hazardous to traffic. Can someone explain this to me?

4 Comments so far

  1. Old_timer (unregistered) on September 9th, 2005 @ 1:10 am

    These signs are leftover from the days when that area was a frequent hangout of guys cruising for action with the Ladies of the Night (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more). To deter the johns from going around the block checking out the ho’s, my understanding is that the signs allowed the cops a reason to pull you over – whether you really needed to make that right or for other carnal reasons.

    Can someone collaborate this with me? That’s what I was told (and actually have witnessed – even recently). Cute honeys still walk by there. Dontcha wish your girlfriend was hot like me.

  2. GeorgeBushytail (unregistered) on September 9th, 2005 @ 4:09 am

    9/11 Build Bushville, DC

    On 9/11 survivors of Katrina will perform an act of NONVIOLENT Civil Disobedience by setting up camp on the Washington, DC Mall.

    Bushville, DC will remain as long as it takes to get answers and change.

    Visit and spread the word.

    We will camp on Bush’s doorstep and make him face us every day until he is driven from power.

    Push this website hard, please. Help make history. We are contacting as many local activists as we can.

  3. Mike (unregistered) on September 9th, 2005 @ 9:06 am

    It is true. 14th and L and 14th and K (Franklin Square) remain a hotspot for prostitution during the early morning hours. Those signs were installed to stop drivers from circling the blocks.

  4. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 9th, 2005 @ 11:13 am

    Is it just me, or is 9pm way too early to be out picking up a ho? I mean, can’t you at least try your luck in a local watering hole before deciding that you need to pay for some action?

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