Tacoma citizens have appealed to the city and school district to establish a controlled crossing at North 13th and I streets for a number of years, but they have always been told that the pedestrian view at this corner isn't good.
I took a picture looking towards this intersection from the top of the hill at the intersection of North Prospect and 21st. The driver's view of 13th and I St is in plain view from the top of this hill. That argument doesn't hold up at all.
When there is a vehicular accident involving a pedestrian, isn't it the pedestrian who takes the worst of the impact? How many cars have been totaled from impact after hitting a pedestrian? Isn't it the pedestrian who initiates a lawsuit for damages against the driver? Isn't a person's life more valuable than that car?
I would like the school district and the police department to revisit this idea and instead of having the principal tell the children they cannot cross here (an idea that gets washed away as the school year continues), how about working with parents and make a controlled pedestrian crossing happen here?
The driver's view is definitely not occluded. A driver has plenty of time to slow down and accommodate children and parents crossing at this intersection when travelling east from 21st Street, which turns into I Street at North Steele.