From the August 1973 magazine.

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Roads--Drunk-Made, Drunk-Proof

In G. K. Chesterton's opinion, "The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road." Presumably, the reference was to pedestrian drunks. In 19th-century New York City, drunk drivers had a similar effect on road design, according to Henry Hope Reed Jr., city Curator of Parks.

Third Avenue, long one of the city's widest streets, was laid out in the 1830's as a trotting course, Mr. Reed pointed out. Pedestrian and family use of the avenue was risky business, as inebriated butcher boys and delivery men speeding south from the 90's behind fast trotters found the straightaway irresistible. The problems of such "courses" were later to lead Olmsted and Vaux to lay out only twisting drives in their plan for Central Park.

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