Linda Parke Gallagher, 64, has died. Gallagher, who owned a management and development consulting business, will be remembered for many things, but especially for her role in revitalizing Eighth Street in Southeast, or Barracks Row.
She died yesterday at Washington Hospital Center after a stroke.
Barracks Row Main Street Inc., her booster group, focused on transforming a blighted corridor on the southeastern edge of Capitol Hill, between Pennsylvania Avenue and I-395. After years of decline, that stretch of Eighth Street, became a vibrant collection of restaurants and shops. The transformation was due largely to Gallagher, who had long been a community builder, doing everything from cleaning up streets to working with beat cops.