As a lawyer who works at 1776 K St. NW, I can't believe that anyone is taking seriously the proposed reconfiguration of the street that resulted from a "three-day cram session" by a national team of planners ["A Radical Makeover for K Street," Metro, July 24].
It would make no sense to eliminate service parking on K Street. The law firms, lobbyists and other interest groups that give the street its cachet -- of which the planners were so enamored -- are visited many times each day by delivery trucks, copy vendors and couriers. Where are they going to park? On the side streets, as the planners dismissively suggest? For my firm, that means either 18th Street, which is a main artery with limited parking, or Connecticut Avenue.
And what about construction? At any given time, buildings along K Street are being torn down or built back up. Now, for example, construction is closing the eastbound K Street service lanes at 21st and 18th streets. Under the planning team's vision, such projects would almost eliminate all eastbound through traffic, as the middle lanes in which the traffic now gets by would be reserved for mass transit.
And why should 50 percent of the through lanes be devoted to mass transit, which, by the way, looks as though it would require substantial construction for light rail, with accompanying traffic disruption?
My office is only a block from the Farragut North Metro stop on the Red Line and the Farragut West stop on the Blue and Orange lines. People who want to commute to K Street by public transportation can do so quite easily already, and the volume of Metrobus traffic along K Street does not justify elimination of two through lanes of traffic for commuters who use the street.
Until the District's planning process involves people who use the street and are knowledgeable about its functions, no one should be making predictions about when construction will begin for K Street's extreme makeover.
PAUL F. KHOURY
The K Street makeover story failed to answer a key question: Where do the bicycles go?
K Street is a thoroughfare for bike commuters. Its west end runs into the terminus of Capital Crescent Trail (CCT), one of the finest urban bike trails in the country. Every morning CCT bike commuters face a life-or-death choice as they try to navigate across town. Ironically, K Street is one of the better options because the service lanes offer cyclists some prospect of surviving their journeys.
The District should follow the Colorado model recently praised in The Post ["Move This Way," Health, July 20] and add dedicated bike lanes to the K Street makeover. There is plenty of room in the right of way because bike lanes are only five feet wide.
Extending the lanes east to the new Metropolitan Trail near Union Station would provide a crucial link for bike commuters. Creating a "K Street Bikeway" would promote the District as an innovative supporter of "green" transportation options.