It's been nearly two decades, but did anyone really think the fight over Klingle Road was over?
Okay, maybe some really did believe the question had been settled when the District Council voted in 2003 to spend millions to reopen the road. But that's beside the point.
The DC Wire broke the news last week that the issue had come roaring back with a new, energized opponent, Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3). Cheh surprised Klingle supporters with her gathering of committee votes against reopening the Northwest road, stunning her colleague Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in the process. Cheh is looking to save green space, she's said, and she's got an army of enviromentalists to back her up. But those Klingle road supporters don't give up easily either.
Last night, District residents on both sides of the road (sorry, I couldn't help myself) showed up at the John A. Wilson building for a roundtable to discuss the matter. Washington Post reporter Clarence F. Williams said nearly 80 people signed up to speak at the meeting, called by Graham, head of the Public Works and Environment Committee and a big supporter of reopening the seven-tenths-mile roadway. It was at his committee meeting last week that Cheh took her stand.
And last night, residents, along with council members, including Cheh, Graham and Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), had a good old-fashioned fight about the road. Just like back in the day.