This, That And Many Other Things
Sky cranes. Many, and more on the way! Music to some people’s ears – notably those at the DC BID, eh, Logan Res? – while mostly a short-term inconvenience for others. Or so the pro-hyper-development types would have you believe. But like they say…don’t believe everything.
There are several things happening on the ground. Genuinely on the ground, as in neighbor to neighbor to neighbor; people who’ve been in this area for decades talking with those who are relatively new here. And there is going to be news, and news, coming from all these offline talks. (Darn, it’s hard to track person to person conversations, isn’t it JBG?)
So the point of this post is voices, and making neighbor’s voices heard. What’s coming up:
- Thursday, April 6, ANC 1b meeting. The agenda looks pretty blah, given how many developments seem to be popping up without serious neighborhood input. But there’s always the “comments and concerns” section. We’ll see how interested residents are.
- Tuesday, April 11, JBG meeting. The sharpies at JBG, who have been touting the need of a hotel in this area, will present their latest idea for cash at 13th and U to the neighborhood they have three times lied to. (Yes, we’re counting.) If the suits present an anticipated apartment block, expect whining on their part that this was that they were forced to do, due to “unrealistic” neighborhood demands. (Unrealistic means building within even a modicum of the local codes, but whateves.) This is a game of deep pockets who think they can roll a tiny community that actually blocked them several years back. Meaning: this is the mother of battles.
- Tuesday, April 17, City Building. Interested in Mayor Gray’s proposal to keep the bars open to 3am? Honestly, whoever you are, this is something that’s easy to have an opinion on. Voice yours at Councilman Jim Graham’s little meeting, 5pm in room 500. Just bring 15 copies of your testimony.
Development debates usually track along three lines. First, those in the area most impacted who feel their voices aren’t being heard (or are intentionally being ignored) and are tarred with the dread NIMBY acronym, and/or taunted to just move from their homes and lives to make way for others who haven’t yet been there but wish to transform said area to their vision. Second, those from elsewhere who want more and more, who love what the area is and can’t wait to visit, but when the moment comes that the singular economic model (nightlife entertainment) fails, will bail to their safe suburban climes, waiting to pounce on the next “hot spot”, and on and on.
Oh, and the third? I think you know. Share your thoughts here, neighbors.