The District of Columbia Neighbourhood Action Initiative, more commonly referred to as the D.C. Citizen Summits, is “the longest running large-scale town meeting in United States history”(America Speaks, 2011). Incorporating input form 13,000 participants over a six year period the project noticeably shaped both the direction and content of the administration’s policy.
Contrary to popular perception, the Inner Belt opposition movement was far from unified. While opponents to the highway were united in their objectives, their motivations and strategies were as varied as the group itself. Even residents of the same community differed in their reasons for criticizing the highway.
Principal sources of the Inner Belt controversy included the highway’s potential effects on:
Washington D.C. ranks at the top for worst traffic congestion amongst other cities in the United States of America. However, it's not just the city Washington D.C. itself, it is the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. This area is known as the Washington Metropolitan area and it is home to an estimated 5,582,170 people. The D.C. area is not at all that big only measuring out to a grand total of 962.9 square miles. This is very problamatic because it yields to the overcrowding of the roads in the nation's capital. Another problem is road system itself.