Regarding the Sept. 10 Metro article “Divisive dog park to be disestablished”:

As an owner of a dog that is miserable without exercise, I faithfully followed this dog park controversy. My husband and I meet up with our own group of (now) friends at Fort Bayard Park each morning, and our lives have richly improved. I’m also particularly uncomfortable close to loud noises.

My question is, why all or nothing? If dogs were allowed off-leash for a scheduled time each day, say 4 to 6 p.m., then both parties could have their special times, similar to adult swim at a neighborhood pool.

Suzanne Bogart Richman, Bethesda

Gee, I wish I had a fancy job or was married to somebody with one. Maybe the city of Alexandria would have listened when my neighbors and I opposed the city taking some of our limited parking and making several of our houses unlivable by putting a commuter path under our bedroom windows. I definitely can’t use my porch anymore due to the noise, let alone open the windows on a nice day.

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Apparently you need to be rich and powerful, because the fact that this path isn’t on Alexandria’s open-space plan, violates multiple provisions of the zoning code and violates the transportation master plan isn’t good enough. Several years later, the city put a mid-block crosswalk to serve this likely illegal pathway on the docket of the Traffic and Parking Board. They gave us only six days’ notice, but in those six days, three-quarters of the households on our one-block dead-end street signed a petition opposing this crosswalk. The board chairman smirked as he refused to accept our documents. And when my neighbor appealed, he was ignored. He didn’t even get a form letter.

Now, our formerly quiet and peaceful little community is nothing more than a very noisy pass-through for people who don’t live here to get where they want to go. Two in the morning, 6 in the morning, it doesn’t matter.

I guess if I or one of my neighbors were chair of the Federal Reserve or what have you, maybe at least the Traffic and Parking Board chairman wouldn’t have smirked when he refused to accept our documents.

Marla Brin, Alexandria

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