I-40 & Coronado Fwy Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA
something goofy happened with my last submission, here it is with the first sentence. Yesterday I was walking home with my granddaughter from explora with her in her stroller and to get home I had to go under I-40 on the west side. People were laying on the sidewalk under the bridge. One with a large dog. I had to ask them to move to get my stroller past. There was no other way to go. To make it much worse the sidewalk's view under the bridge is obstructed from public view by a concrete barrier making it even more stressful and intimidating. The men were very high (almost catatonic) and it was a very uncomfortable situation. I asked if the dog was safe. No one was holding the leash. The man moved out of the way a little and I had to edge my way around him and the dog while positioning my self between the dog and my toddler granddaughter. I realize that people need a place to be, but I felt very vulnerable. At a minimum, that area needs to offer a clear view to the public for safety's sake. If the barriers were removed it may also help reduce loitering. With the construction there are very few choices were I can walk. If there were other choices I would have crossed the street. But walking to Rio grande or 4th street is not really a reasonable option. Especially since the path to Rio Grande is even more isolated and populated by homeless. What can we do to make this situation acceptable for pedestrians as well as homeless. This has never been a pleasant place to walk. Dead birds and bird and human feces. The smell of urine and garbage that never gets picked up. Occasionally the city will remove graffiti an dead birds but the feces remains. Since there a very few alternatives for pedestrians to get across I40 it seems especially important to make this crossing safe from both a public Heath position as well as to be safe from harm. I would consider using 6th But 6th street's pedestrian crossing at i40 are not good on the north side of i40. Forcing me into the street with heavy traffic.