Those distractors are not the real Congress Heights and do nothing but create noise when everyone else is trying to work collaboratively for a better neighborhood. It is okay for people to voice their concerns (assuming they are legitimate and not just fuel for posturing) in a calm and rationale manner. It is another thing entirely to come to a meeting and make accusations just because you think someone hasn't kissed your ring enough. These meetings are to inform the community of progress made so far, encourage input, and most importantly, build a bridge between the development community and the neighborhood. That can be a good relationship, that should be a good relationship. I think part of the reason that redevelopment has been so slow here is because it can be very challenging to create a productive dialogue. Meetings have the potential to turn into verbal beat downs and complaining sessions for everything that has ever gone wrong in Ward 8. If we want better we have to do better.
|Draft rendering of development of the Congress Heights Metro Station.|
View of 13th and Alabama Avenue SE
(photo courtesy of CityPartners DC)
That doesn't made me afraid. That makes me very happy.
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