Monday, November 19, 2007

11th Street Bridges Project: Marion Barry Missing in Action?

Notes on the Bridge Oversight Hearing
For the record, Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry was NOT in attendance at this Very Important meeting that will significantly affect his ward. Pretty disappointing, actually.
Marion Barry was a leader of the Emergency Committee on the Transportation Crisis (ECTC) which successfully pushed for truncating the freeways on the north (west) side of the Anacostia River, and was particularly vocal in stopping the Three Sisters Bridge near Georgetown, and the I-95 North Central Freeway alongside Catholic University of America.

Although these actions placed a disproportionate percentage of the express vehicular traffic through the less affluent areas of the south (east) of the Anacostia river in Ward 8 which he now represents at the D.C. City Council, he successfully sold that as stopping "white man's roads through black mans' homes".

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