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D.C. Council members are asking Congress to repeal a statute banning the District from installing overhead wires, which could power streetcars.

Monte Edwards, a resident of Capitol Hill, hopes it doesn't. "I'm used to looking up and seeing trees and a blue sky," he says. "And you don't have to go far in the suburbs to see that overhead wires and trees do not coexist."

Councilman Tommy Wells says opposition could hurt areas east of the Anacostia. "I don't think that the wishes of people that are in one small area should prevent the wards across the river from getting economic development," he says.

Wells is proposing that the streetcars use overhead wires, but not run directly through Capitol Hill.

David Schultz reports...

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