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at all times except during times of storm, at which time a tremendous amount of water and sewage is discharged into it causing a very insanitary condition and a great deal of wash. The amount estimated ($600,000) would carry this sewer down into Rock Creek where there is a perennial flow of water and where the dilution would be increased two and three times the dilution that is possible in Piney Branch. This has been recommended by the District sanitary engineer and concurred in by the National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. This expenditure of $1,200,000 would complete the main park road, Massachusetts Avenue to the Arlington Memorial Bridge, and make it possible to open up the entire parkway from the District line to the central area. Connections with Pennsylvania Avenue, Florida Avenue, and Massachusetts Avenue would be made.
A 40-foot park road is now being built. This road will act as a through-traffic route for the people living in the northwest section of Washington west of Rock Creek. People coming down Rock Creek Park, Connecticut Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue, Q Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue, from the north, will be able to enter the low level park way and continue down the park road, which will be free from commercial traffic and cross intersections, to B Street. B Street is being widened from the Arlington Memorial Bridge project to a width of approximately 74 feet. From B Street it will be possible to branch off to all the streets to the north and south from Fifteenth Street through to the Capitol. This park way would do much to relieve the congested traffic from the northwest section of the city.
Improvement of Anacostia Park, from Bolling Field to Benning Road. The estimate for this project includes planting, seeding, construction of a boathouse, and the road connections along the water from Benning Bridge to Bolling Field, with suitable connections with Benning Road, Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Anacostia Bridge.
Northeast and southeast Washington has no large improved park area. costia Park could be made to serve the northeast and southeast a good deal in the same manner that Rock Creek Park now serves the northwest. The dredging of the Anacostia River as far north as Benning Road has been completed at a cost of approximately $2,700,000 over a period of some 20 years. With the expenditure of $546,250, this section can now be developed and utilized for the purpose for which it was intended.
The northeast and southeast sections of Washington have lagged behind in development, especially the section east of the Anacostia River. The Anacostia Park when developed will stimulate the development of the eastern section of the District and thus help to balance the city's growth and increase the tax revenues. In view of the fact that $2,700,000 has already been spent to reclaim the land for park purposes, it seems that to spend an additional sum of $546,250 to make these lands available for park purposes is fully justified.
Recreation centers.—To begin the improvement of the present owned recreation centers throughout the city the sum of $550,000 is needed.
The National Capital Park and Planning Commission has purchased areas for a number of recreational centers. The centers that are located in congested sections of the District should be developed.
Reconditioning old parks.-The sum of $103,000 is needed for tearing out old tar walks and replacing them with concrete walks, reestablishing lawns, planting of young trees to take the place of old ones that are rapidly dying, and replacing overgrown shrub beds.
All of the items listed above are badly needed. However, some of those in the second group might be omitted for objects of greater importance. I do not believe that any of the items in the first group should be dropped as there is urgent need at this time for every project listed in this group.
Yours very truly,
GEO. C. HAVENNER, President.
MERCHANTS AND MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION (INC.),
Hon. ARTHUR CAPPER,
United States Senate, Washington, D. C.
MY DEAR SENATOR: At a meeting of the board of governors of the Merchants and Manufacturers Association a few days ago your bill (S. 4180) providing for a loan of $15,000,000 to the District, with interest at 31⁄2 per cent, to provide for
the purchase of land and construction of a part of the new municipal group of buildings, was considered at some length. The board went on record in favor of this bill providing the interest charge was eliminated.
EDWARD D. SHAW, Secretary.
MID-CITY CITIZENS' ASSOCIATION,
CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,
Senate Office Building, Washington, D. C. DEAR SENATOR: At the last meeting of the Mid-City Citizens' Association consideration was given to the following matters of pending legislation and I am directed to inform your committee of our action thereon:
First, the Capper bill (S. 4180) to establish a municipal center was approved, but with the recommendation that no interest be charged on the loan to the District and that the amount of the loan be limited to such sum as may be necessary after the sale of the present District Building and the exhaustion of the sum or sums now to the credit of the District in the Treasury.
Second, the Moore bill (H. R. 11194) to establish a permanent commission to determine the contribution of the United States to the expense of the District government was indorsed.
M. E. SALSBURY, Secretary.
PAVING ASSESSMENTS IN THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
UNITED STATES SENATE
A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR
OF CURBS AND GUTTERS
JANUARY 6, 1931
Printed for the use of the Committee on the District of Columbia
COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
ARTHUR CAPPER, Kansas, Chairman
WESLEY L. JONES, Washington.
WILLIAM H. KING, Utah.
W. H. SOUDENS, Clerk