Staff writer Joann Stevens and staff photographer Craig Herndon interviewed Ward 3 residents and asked them," What are the issues in your ward that you would like your City Council member to correct?" Beth-Ann Gentile, 34, attorney, resident at 34th Street and Cleveland Avenue NW: "One of the major issues is real estate taxes. Our assessments have gone up astronomically! We can barely afford our houses. Another concern is rent control. The actual rental market in Ward 3 is shrinking. My personal view is the City Council hasn't dealt with the (issue) of (long term) rent control. I think that's very serious. Public schools are also very important. There's always the problem of (the school system) trying to maintain compliance with court orders (to provide equal expenditures throughout the city) and maintaining the quality of schools in Ward 3." Irv Peck, 64, retired accountant, resident at Wisconsin and Macomb streets NW: "One (issue) would be housing. That's very vital and critical issue. You have the McLean Gardens area here. A lot of people have moved to the suburbs who wanted to stay here. That means the city is going to lose dollars. The traffic problem is another issue. The traffic along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor is bad enough now, but it's going to get worse if they develop that area north of Tenley Circle. I also think the bus service can be improved a lot. I waited 25 minutes for a bus today." Gertrude McDonald, 65, resident manager, Woodley and Macomb streets NW: "My husband (John McDonald) was a Democratic mayor in Pennsylvania. I'd like to see someone in the City Council who recognizes how good the policemen are in this area. I run two apartment buildings, and they are there in seconds when you need them. I think they're trying very hard. I find there are many people without apartments. It seems to me they (the City Council) should do something for them. I find people are desperately looking for apartments. I get 50 people looking for one apartment. The (conversion of) McLean Gardens (to condominiums) hurt the people in this area." Mary Dean, 65, retired, Wisconsin and Edmonds streets NW: "I live in an apartment. The main (issue) is the filth on the streets. I live near the (site for the) new Russian Embassy that's coming up here and we've had to call Mayor Washington's office regarding cans, bottles and even an old chair that was brought onto the property. It's become a dumping ground. My husband and I are retired. I was a school teacher with the D.C. public school system. Our rents are all escalating. I am sorry to see McLean Gardens being done away with. Traffic is also a problem. Until Metro is operating, we're going to have bumper-to-bumper traffic. My husband and I detest coming out in the automobile." Shah Durrani, 40, area manager for a movie theater chain, resident at Cathedral and New Mexico NW: "The good thing about the ward is we don't have that much crime. We have plenty of police protection. On the other hand, the housing is too high. I make $22,000 to $25,000 a year, but I can't afford to buy a house here. And I'm single. What will people with five or six children do? Even the condominiums are too high. They're making Ward 3 a haven for the rich."