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also- it would be very nice if the city and the Feds got together and built some kind of trolley system to hit all of the significant tourist points along the Mall and West Potomac areas. I feel sorry for a lot of these families, who visit the city in hot & humid summer, and have to rely on those stupid looking phoney trolley buses that emit noxious fumes.The touristed areas also have no reasonably priced restaurants, and no commercial areas for people to lunch or chill out and enjoy the scenery.

The National Mall is a darned no mans land in many ways.

Also- I think that a ban on street vendors and other commerce in the Mall area is bad and has gone overborad. There needs to be some options there for people besides the way over-priced Smithsonian cafeterias, etc... We treat tourists here like they are some kind of plague and we should be more hospitable- and also the Feds should open their cofferrs to help build or extend the trolley lines to this part of the city- which is not on the map. We are basically switching the focus of downtown from traditional Old Downtown and the Mall to Uptown and K street.

This is fine- and it needs to be done- but not at the expense of the traditional parts of the city that get the big crowds.

by w on Oct 23, 2009 2:06 pm • linkreport

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