When Deliveries Are Not Properly Planned For

Above is a common sight at the intersection of Wisconsin and O. It’s a supply truck unloading various high fructose corn syrup/nicotine delivery vessels for the 7-11. It’s about 5:30 pm on a weekday and that lane is not a parking lane at that hour. This is not legal, but it happens all the time, causing back-ups for blocks.

Convenience stores need a lot of deliveries to keep the shelves stocked. That’s why it’s important to plan for that need. The 7-11’s plans clearly involve not giving a damn about the law or the impact on congestion. It would make more sense to park along O St., but that’s somewhat inconvenient because due to truck restrictions, the only way for a truck to get to that block is to drive via 35th st. Much better, it seems, to simply set up shop on Wisconsin whenever.

All of this, of course, is bad precedent for the planned Wawa a couple blocks south. Arguably, it should be in a better position to handle deliveries, since there is an unloading zone along Prospect right next to the building. But it will likely require even more deliveries than the 7-11, given its larger size and proposed offerings. They will surely be tempted to simply follow 7-11’s lead. It will take vigilant enforcement to prevent this.

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