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Repairing Klingle Would Benefit City

December 11, 2002

Dear NW Current Editor, 
The city's decade-long neglect of Klingle Parkway has damaged more than just the valley.  Restoring Klingle Parkway to public use will go a long way to restoring faith in our government, and in each other. 
Fixing the road will allow residents to turn their energies to more important concerns.  The tiny Klingle tributary again will support one of the more ecologically balanced and natural aquatic faunal communities in the District.  (EPA, 1988)  Klingle finally will have its first storm water sewer system, like the one DPW designed in 1991, with detailed, 80-page plans that had full federal funding and approval to go forward, including approval by the Department of the Interior and the Federal Highway Administration.  Citizens will have the choice to travel under Connecticut Avenue and go around, not through, Cleveland Park,  without diverting far to the north or south through Van Ness or Woodley Park. 
Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., the architect of Rock Creek Park, called the location of Klingle an "obvious" place for a parkway.  Once Olmsted's parkway is restored, this historic and scenic route once more will serve as cross-town access for allTraffic overall will flow more freely, benefiting city travelers including ambulances and other emergency first responders. We can't repair all of the damage, but with Klingle restored, perhaps we can avoid situations like the recent choking death on Connecticut Avenue, when an ambulance carrying DC Fire paramedic Ken Lyons was trapped in traffic on Porter at Connecticut, unable to respond.  
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."  Arthur Schopenhauer  (1788 - 1860)   With Klingle Parkway restored, we can mend our fences, thankful in the knowledge that the city works for all of its citizens.  We can plant trees, and see them grow. 


Peter McGee
Mt. Pleasant

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