- Feb 5, 2013
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- Erie, PA
Our close by big city is Erie and for over 100 years the center of town was called Perry Square and was a 4-block park named after Admiral Perry of the battle of Lake Erie fame. The park was divided into 2 sides east and west by State Street running north and south but had 6 streets coming into it. It was really a huge traffic circle that all traffic went around counter clockwise and had traffic lights at the two north and south ends of State Street. It was like that in the horse and buggy days WW1, WW2 and worked just fine until the city hired a traffic manager about 50 years ago that came from India. His first act was to figure out what was wrong with Perry Square? Nothing! But he decided the fix to the non-problem would be to reverse the traffic flow so everyone goes around clockwise. Where before you just yielded right now you had to cross traffic left so every corner needed a traffic light. Brilliant solution the guy who came up with it Wasinder Mokha is long gone the mayor and city council all gone now and I read a story in the local paper where they are wondering why the traffic goes the wrong way around the park. No one knows it is just the way it is.There are times that I think why couldn't I just be like the masses and believe the government will work it all out with time.
People do stupid things and the things live on forever. I don’t get downtown all that much these days but when I do and sitting at one of those lights I can still hear my dad saying GD Wasinder Mokha!