I attended the Klingle Road Town Hall meeting
sponsored by Councilmember Mendelson last night. It was a very low
turnout for those who supported the Mayor's position to close Klingle
Road, with many who attended who were supporters of repairing Klingle
Road. This meeting was advertised as a fact-producing session; however,
I left there knowing less about what the Mayor's plan was all about, yet
knowing more about the passions that Klingle Road represents to many
across this city. Klingle Road supporters talked passionately about how
they patiently waited for years for funds to repair the road, how this
road connects neighborhoods, allows them to get from point A to point B,
while the Klingle Valley people talked about how wonderful it is to
listen to birds and the stream. It certainly put things in perspective.
One thing was loud and clear--this
administration was not listening to the issues of the many people who
want Klingle Road repaired. I did learn, though, that a road has to be
built anyway, but when asked what the road would look like, i.e., how
wide would it be, what would it be made of, would it be gated, how would
emergency and utility vehicles access it--how would they keep cars off,
DDOT Director Tangherlini did not have an answer. In fact, one Klingle
Road supporter had pictures of what she thought it would look like
prompting the administration for an answer. There was none.
There were public safety issues raised and how
many firefighters wanted the road opened and how by diverting traffic
off of Connecticut Avenue, it would be easier and safer for the fire
fighters to get in and out of the firehouse.
This event was clear as mud and all one sided. I
left scratching my head while DDOT employees collected their "save
Klingle Valley" signs and went home.