I think it is laughingly funny, and persnickety, that the DC government decided to pave over a tiny shortcut (in terms of steps saved) where people had beat the grass into dirt by their walking. The path people have made is only about 8 feet long, and only avoids maybe 10 steps. But gosh darn it, we don't want to walk in neat, brick-lined, right angles! We will walk straight to our destinations (or as straight as possible given diagonal streets)!
But it is nice to know that the government deems it worth it to pave and reconfigure the island south of Logan Circle, thereby conforming to the custom of the country. Can anyone name the author of my title? No Googling! Did anyone else notice this?