THE WASHINGTON TIMES
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1996
GIVE US FREEDOM
D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is pressuring President Clinton to
reopen Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, closed
to vehicular traffic one year ago this Monday for fear of
As already reported this week, Sen. Rod Grams, Minnesota
Republican, introduced legislation seeking the immediate
reopening of the capital's most famous avenue.
Mayor Marion Barry to the list of those seeking the reopening
of Pennsylvania Avenue.
"If there is a compelling reason to keep Pennsylvania Avenue
permanently closed" he said, "I hope someone will step forward
and make their case."
Mr. Barry stepped forward, but only to say he supports the
In a letter to Mr. Grams, the mayor said: "The effects on
traffic patterns and drivers' convenience, business income,
parking revenue, and most important public access to the White
House, have all been significant."
Mr. Barry is not alone. Others who-want the avenue reopened
posthaste include D.C. Council Chairman David A. Clarke, D.C.
Council member Frank Smith, AAA Potomac, the Washington Cab
Association, the American Bus Association, the Federation of
Citizens Association, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the
International Downtown Association the Washington Historical
Society, the Washington Restaurant and Beverage Association, and,
perhaps most fitting, Frontiers of Freedom.
Pennsylvania Ave. Closure || Peace Park