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Alternative 4 is overkill. We don't need 3 separate access points from Gallatin to the same access point on Galloway. Alternative 3 can handle all the people who want to go to the neighborhood... with *maybe* a side path leading to the intersection of South Dakota/Gallatin. The midblock path though benefits almost nobody (except the few houses actually fronting Gallatin) and will inflate the cost of doing anything at all. NPS doesn't have unlimited funds to spend here, I'm sure... and any unnecessary costs might push this whole project over its budget (and endanger anything from being done at all).

I think the way to think of it is as one connection from 6th Place, one from Gallatin and S. Dakota and one from the alley between them. So at least one is needed, and maybe the second one. Basically you're arguing that an additional 20 feet long, wood chip path is "overkill." I doubt that is going to bankrupt the project. It's the smallest piece and might add 3% to the total - less if DC uses it's high school student workforce to do it.

If the midblock path benefited nobody, then it wouldn't exist.

3 only serves the area that otherwise has to walk all the way down galloway only to turn right back on to gallatin.

The path that runs furthest, to the corner of SD ave and Gallatin is a shortcut to SD ave, granted not much of one but non the less. If option 3 were taken people would still want that path for the shortcut. Crossing option 3 into gallatin you end up walking the same distance as if you would have just stayed on galloway

Is the Fort Totten Metro Access Trail still an active project? I haven't seen anything since you last posted about it (in 2010!), and Google comes up empty. Would really be great to connect MBT and some piece of the Anacostia trails -- we have so few east-west connections.

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