The D.C. Superior Coourt last week upheld an ordinance that would ban all-day commuter parking in many areas of Washington. Staff writer Mark Sableman and staff photographer Linda Wheeler went to the Capitol Hill area to find out residents' and commuters' views on parking.
Rod Burton, 26, an employee of the Naval Research Laboratory who lives on Seward Square: "I'm kind of a reverse commuter. The neighborhood is absolutely filled up - no question about it. It would say the parking fills up at 6:30 a.m. I just moved here from San Diego. It's bad. This town just wasn't built for automobiles."
Mike Close, 26, a part-time law clerk who lives in the 200 block of 8th St. NE: "I think the city's got too much air pollution as it is, and it's got too many cars. The hell with them. Let them take buses. Clearly they have authority to tell commuters they can't even come in the city."
Carol Ford, 32, a congressional employee who lives on the 200 block of A Street NE: "Boo! Hiss! It's just impossible to get a parking place in the city, and it's disgusting when every car has a Maryland or Virginia license plate. If you want to go home for lunch, you have to double park."
Rose Guyer, 27, a congressional employe who lives in Alexandria: "It doesn't affect me. I have a parking place with my job. But I certainly understand the problem of residents who live here. But on the constitutional question, it seems that the public highways are paid for by taxes of all the people of the area, so how can you say if I live out of the neighborhood I can't park there?"
Nancy Hayward, 27, an employe of the National Center for Productivity, who lives on the 300 block of Constitution Avenue NE: "We have all of the Hill people who even park in the alley area behind where we pay to have a garage so we can't even get in to our garage. We're moving out and selling our house and certain prospective buyers of the house refused to buy it without an assurance they could get parking.
Leslie Morris, 27, a law student at Georgetown University who lives at 6th and A Streets SE: "I've had a lot of problems. All day long the commuters park in my neighborhood so that residents if they want to take the car out cannot park. I don't believe in cars anyway."
Kirsten Nyrop, 23, an employee of an organization of congressmen, who lives on South Carolina Avenue SE: "I'm glad they're doing it. I hope more people will use mass transit. But if they're going to impose this they should make sure they can absorb the commuters that want to ride on mass transit."
Michael Rierson, 24, a legislative assistant who lives on South Carolina Avenue SE: "What are they trying to do - boot the whole city? I'm outraged that they did it, but it's positive kind of outrage. Now I'm going to have to take the bus to Georgetown."