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Old 02-16-2017, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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So glad that freeway revolt happened. Dc would have have been destroyed and the recovery we see today would not be happening. Freeways through cities is one of the worst things that happened in america and the reason we have so many problems today
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:41 PM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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I'm old enough to remember when the Northwest Freeway was being planned. Thank god it never made it off the drawing board. It would have been disaster for the city.
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Old 02-19-2017, 10:33 PM
 
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DC does need a better highway system though.

Part of why traffic is so bad here is we have too many parkways and light duty roads instead of a robust highway that goes straight from I-95 or I-495 right into DC from both the north and the south.

NYC, Philly, and Baltimore all have downtowns with very close proximity to a major heavy duty highway. To get from I-95 or I-495 to downtown DC you have to either drive through a maze, deal with loads of stop and go traffic nonsense or get on a light duty crappy two-lane parkway like GW parkway or Cabin John Parkway or I-66.

Stupid.
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Old 02-21-2017, 08:05 AM
 
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I'm old enough to remember when the Northwest Freeway was being planned. Thank god it never made it off the drawing board. It would have been disaster for the city.
it wouldve been bittersweet. On one hand it would give people more options in terms of driving in and out but it wouldve gutted neighborhoods in the process...
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Old 02-21-2017, 08:18 AM
 
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DC does need a better highway system though.

Part of why traffic is so bad here is we have too many parkways and light duty roads instead of a robust highway that goes straight from I-95 or I-495 right into DC from both the north and the south.

NYC, Philly, and Baltimore all have downtowns with very close proximity to a major heavy duty highway. To get from I-95 or I-495 to downtown DC you have to either drive through a maze, deal with loads of stop and go traffic nonsense or get on a light duty crappy two-lane parkway like GW parkway or Cabin John Parkway or I-66.

Stupid.
I agree....at the bare minimum the BW parkway needs to be expanded to at least 3 lanes all the way from the DC border to Baltimore.....
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Old 02-21-2017, 08:51 AM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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it wouldve been bittersweet. On one hand it would give people more options in terms of driving in and out but it wouldve gutted neighborhoods in the process...
I'd hate to sacrifice interesting and historic urban neighborhoods like Mount Pleasant and Tenleytown just to shave a few minutes off the commute of suburbanites from Rockburg or Gaithersville.
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Old 02-22-2017, 10:00 PM
 
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I'd hate to sacrifice interesting and historic urban neighborhoods like Mount Pleasant and Tenleytown just to shave a few minutes off the commute of suburbanites from Rockburg or Gaithersville.
There is a lot of parkland and green space that can be sacrificed to build a highway instead of bulldozing entire neighborhoods. Basically everything directly North of Woodley Park is trees and green space. Perfect location for a nice wide highway that can basically go all the way to Silver Spring.

Not sure what the purpose of preserving that land is. Anyone interested in REAL nature will head out to Maryland, Virginia or Pennsylvania. We don't need no stinking forest in DC. I moved to the city to live in the city.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:38 AM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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There is a lot of parkland and green space that can be sacrificed to build a highway instead of bulldozing entire neighborhoods. Basically everything directly North of Woodley Park is trees and green space. Perfect location for a nice wide highway that can basically go all the way to Silver Spring.

Not sure what the purpose of preserving that land is. Anyone interested in REAL nature will head out to Maryland, Virginia or Pennsylvania. We don't need no stinking forest in DC. I moved to the city to live in the city.
So you think we should build a major expressway down the middle of Rock Creek Park?
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:55 PM
 
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So you think we should build a major expressway down the middle of Rock Creek Park?
Yes.

Imagine evening rush hour and how fast you would be able to get out of the city.

In the end this doesn't really impact me because I live and work downtown. But thinking logically.. that is what makes the most sense to me. Also, there are times when I have to leave/come to the city for VA or MD on a weekday and the traffic is hell if you drive.
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