A number of people have sent this hilarious xtranormal video where a traditional traffic engineer tries to explain a street “improvement” project to a resident of a nice, safe neighborhood street.

It seems to be based on the recent Confessions of a Recovering Engineer, also from Strong Towns.

Lest you think this is gross parody, I had a conversation very similar to the first few exchanges in this video with a project manager in DDOT’s IPMA about how much to round the corner of 18th and S, NW, and I’ve heard public statements that eerily resemble other parts from leaders of the Montgomery County DOT.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.