My husband and I have lived on E. Capitol since 1973. For our children, born in 1979 and 1982, E. Capitol was "Trick or Treat" heaven. As they got older, more and more neighbors participated, some creating elaborate decorations. Today, what started as grassroots fun, has evolved into a city-wide extravaganza. A number of years even the Obama girls came to our door. But traffic cannot continue to co-exist with the hundreds of children and parents participating. Traffic has always been a concern, but this year we witnessed a number of near accidents. One car, obviously annoyed at the traffic backup, gunned his motor at 4th and E. Capitol, must have reached 45 mph, and nearly hit very small children standing just off the curb waiting for the light. E. Capitol gets closed for Presidential mortorcades, for the Ringling Brothers Circus parade, for marches too numerous to count, for Hollywood film making, for marathons, and for construction. Surely the DC Police can close it a few hours on Halloween night for the safety of neighborhood children and all others who drive here for the fun. Officers at 1D1 were very aware of the problem but said the decision was above their pay grade.
CLOSE E. CAPITOL FROM 3RD TO THE PARK (OR FARTHER) FROM 5 - 9:30 PM ON HALLOWEEN
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