(Re:Comments Sought on Georgetown Pike Walkway, Great Falls Connection, Oct. 11-17, 2017)
I read subject article with great interest. I have lived in Great Falls since 1974, and find it interesting but not surprising that people move to Great Falls from Reston, McLean, Vienna and want to change everything Great Falls was (country) into what they are attempting to move away from, high density government provided amenities. As an example, the path going from Seneca Road towards the Village ends at Utterback Store Road, and can not continue towards the Village on the north side of 193 unless future planning takes property from the home owners between Utterback and the Village using "eminent domain.” At Utterback heading on the path towards the Village one one has to cross Georgetown Pike (193) to attempt continue walking/running towards the Village. In reality, try crossing 193 safely regardless of the day/time with the hopes of surviving.
Additionally, the "fine path" is now blacktop when the original intention was to have running/equestrian paths throughout Great Falls (horses don't do well on asphalt), but that is a minor detail when one does not ride horses in the first place — welcome to Reston. One might remember that Great Falls was once horse country before it became a suburb/mirror image of Reston. Again, as Great Falls becomes more or more like Reston/McLean lets print honest articles rather than gloss over the truth as to the changes to what used to be Great Falls. I have lived in Great Falls since 1974, and the changes I have seen are not necessarily for the better.