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Barney Circle interstate bridge fight records

 Collection
Identifier: MS2355

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records of the group Citizens Committee to Stop It Again (CCSIA). Documents include reports, memorandum, correspondence, fliers, testimony and articles that describe the CCSIA efforts to stop a proposed interstate bridge at Barney Circle. The records date from 1979 through 1996.

Dates

  • 1979 - 1996

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

As proposed the bridge would extend the Southeast Freeway through riverfront parkland over a new Anacostia River crossing and linked the Southeast Freeway to the Anacostia Freeway at East Capitol Street. For the opposition a key player was Roberts Owen, the Covington and Burling lawyer who was also active in the Three Sisters Bridge fight decades earlier working with Peter Craig. Owen brought a legal action that helped push the District toward its decision to cancel the project. The project funds were ultimately used for rehabilitation of New York Avenue as well as other uses.

The Citizens Committee to Stop It Again (CCSIA) emerged as a group of neighbors and neighborhoods on both sides of the Anacostia River affected by the traffic movements (congestion, etc.) and loss of parkland amenity. The CCSIA worked with other community groups and the local chapter of the Sierra Club and showed that the freeway would increase congestion of the freeway and street networks while converting scarce urban riverfront parkland.

Extent

10.5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Overview

The Citizens Committee to Stop It Again (CCSIA) emerged as a group of neighbors and neighborhoods on both sides of the Anacostia River affected by the traffic movements (congestion, etc.) and loss of parkland amenity that would result from the proposed interstate bridge at the Barney Circle. The CCSIA worked with other community groups and the local chapter of the Sierra Club and showed that the freeway would increase congestion of the freeway and street networks while converting scarce urban riverfront parkland. This collection dcuments include reports, memorandum, correspondence, fliers, testimony and articles that describe the Citizens Committee to Stop It Again in their efforts to stop a proposed interstate bridge at Barney Circle. The records date from 1979 - 1996.

Arrangement

The folders are in the original order.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Christopher Herman 2016 May 6 (2016.067)

Source

Title
Preliminary guide to the Barney Circle interstate bridge fight records , 1979-1996
Status
Folder Inventory
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America