What effect has Metro construction had on the lives of Cleveland Park residents? Staff writer Joann Stevens and staff photographer Linda Wheeler went to Cleveland Park to query the residents.
Lorraine Marrocco programmer reporting specialist, resident at Ordway and 27th Streets NW: "It is a mess. I'll be glad when they get the subway in. The noise is bad but it doesn't bother me too much. It's affected the driving but I don't mind. I think it's great when it works."
Elizabeth Woodlock, housewife, resident at Connecticut Avenue and Porter Street NW: "Well you can't make a left and turn down here. I stay off Connecticut as much as possible Rock Creek Parkway is closed a lot of the time. If I shop down here I walk. And we're really kind of used to all the noise."
Pam Chewning, 18, an art and English major at St. Mary's College, resident at Reno Road and Appleton Street: "It's doesn't bother me too much. I usually ride this bus to school and they have to go over boards along Connecticut Avenue. It makes the ride bumpy."
Betty Greene, resident at Connecticut Avenue and Tilden Street NW: "It has really ruined all of our lives trying to get to the store. It's an obstacle course all the way up Connecticut Avenue. It'll be along time. I suppose, before we see any difference. But we're patient people."
Dino Florino, owner of Cafe Italiano at 3516 Connecticut Avenue, NW: "It's too much. There's no parking or crowd. Before I had a very good lunch crowd, now I get 10 or 15 people. I might close for lunch."
Betsy Sessions, 26, unemployed social worker, a resident at Ordway and Connecticut Avenue NW: "Actually it's been very little. We live right next to where the construction is and we hear the explosions. We've had nails in our tires that we think may have been because of the construction. But it really hasn't had a direct effect on us."
Glenn Anderson, retired, 80, resident at Ordway and 30th Street NW: "Well, I drive a car and it's been rather devastating with driving. Anytime you came out this way you get behind a long string of cars. It waslike during the gas shortage."