The Mall's Longtime Darkness
Regarding "For Starters, Mall Visitors Just Want More Bathrooms" [Metro, Nov. 16]:
Yes, bathrooms are a necessity, and more food options would be great, but what about public safety?
After the arrest of the thugs who attacked Mall visitors in the spring and summer, maybe everyone assumes that security is no longer an issue. I wish I could share that optimism. However, as the days grow shorter, I see that little has changed, at least when it comes to lighting.
As of this writing, on a stretch of Fourth Street intersecting the Mall between Jefferson and Madison drives, all four streetlights are out, just as they've been for as long as I can remember.
When I wrote the D.C. Transportation Department about this matter a few years back, I was told that those lights were the responsibility of the National Park Service but that repairs were being held up because a major systemic problem was at fault.
Well, if nothing else, I thought that the outrage following this year's muggings would have spurred the Park Service into action. But, nope, six months later, and I still walk across the Mall after work in near-total darkness.
Will it take another series of muggings -- or worse -- before the Park Service does something about this matter?
RALPH A. BLESSING