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Klingle Valley Few
By Jeanne Ingram
The Klingle Valley Few do only have only a
few supporters. Their neighborhood support comes from two Cleveland Park
citizen organizations, both of which are spearheaded by the same few
people who continue to control the 'nimbyism' of that area of Ward 3. As
for the Sierra Club, I know many people who are members who very much
disagree with the direction that seven executive members decided to take
back in 1995, which goes against the main statement for DC "Restore
the Core." I know people who are no longer Sierra Club members
because of this decision.
The Coalition to Repair and Reopen Klingle Road has an extremely and
overwhelmingly diverse mix of citywide ANCs, businesses, and
neighborhood associations. Their grassroots effort covers the need for
all of us. Believe me; take a look at the picture on the front of http://www.klinglevalley.org.
You'll see what I mean. The Mayor can put a park in the Valley -- but
that valley belongs to the National Park Service. The road belongs to
the people of the District of Columbia and it is the responsibility of
the Mayor to maintain all our roads. Klingle Road is not closed, and
deserves the same. While I agree with Mr. Chudowsky that the lead
abatement is a reflection of the poor record of the city in maintaining
our roads and bridges, I would not let my dog or children in that area.
The lead is in the soil. The soil is in the valley.
And finally, this road must be built with access for utilities and
emergency vehicles, and in order to preserve the public right of way. It
must be engineered to accommodate heavy equipment vehicles, utility
maintenance vehicles, heavy equipment, and fire and emergency vehicles.
So here the Mayor and Councilmember Phil Mendelson want access to
hikers, bikers, and midsize dump trucks pulling trailers with back hoes,
semi-tractor-trailers, fire trucks, ambulances, and emergency transport
vehicles. Surely an average car will be able to use the road. There is
no logical reason to deny access to the driving public.