Alexandria Letter: Airport Noise – City Approved?

Alexandria Letter: Airport Noise – City Approved?

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

My wife and I just returned after four months in Arizona. We live in Old Town just two blocks from the river. When we left, the noises from aircraft leaving and landing at Reagan National Airport were annoying and barely tolerable. But one would have a hard time arguing that the Potomac River was not a logical flight path.

Upon our return we now discover that our house appears to be a runway for aircraft starting at 6 in the morning to 11:30 at night. Not only are we, and others in our neighborhood with whom we have spoken, annoyed at the considerable noise, but I do worry what the effect might be on our historic homes.

How did the change take place? Was the there any input from citizens and/or the City Council? It's hard to believe that that this change was arbitrary. I find it also hard to believe this coming into our airspace could take place without some discussion with the City Council.

Bluntly put, did the City Council or the City Manager's office actively allow this to happen? And if it was approved by the city, most important, can it be undone?

Ed Spar