Well, the blue paint we saw on the bricks on our street didn’t deceive. Columbia Gas was in the ‘hood today, and our quaint bricks have been ripped up and replaced by ugly metal covers, glued down by even more unsightly asphalt smears. It’s left our street looking sad, and scarred.
We have some hope that the street will be returned to something close to its prior condition, because the bricks that were removed have been neatly stacked next to the gaping wounds. But can our street ever really regain its formerly brickish glory? And how do you get the asphalt off of brick, anyway?
These bright blue lines appeared on our street this week. The lines look they might be an art project, or a way of marking off parking spaces, or an effort to turn our street into a hockey rink, but I’m concerned they mean trouble ahead instead.
The blue lines point to blue metal lids — like the one you can see on our sidewalk, just above the fence — that mark where water lines can be accessed. The blue lines appeared at a time that Columbia Gas is doing work in our neighborhood involving the relocation of certain gas meters. (The gas lines have bright yellow metal lids, which give the sidewalks a kind of dappled effect.) I’m fearful that the blue lines mean that our quaint brick-paved street is going to be ripped up as part of some big project. I’m hoping that is not the case, because once you tear up old brick streets they never look quite the same again.
Is there every a case where paint markings on a street don’t mean bad news ahead?