"So how's the project going? According to an email from one Coast Guard employee, who asked to remain anonymous, not very well:
I read your article about the new Coast Guard Headquarters published on July 29, and I have to say as an employee at the new building, you were absolutely right to doubt the impact we have on the neighborhood. There just isn't anything around the building that is easily accessible and would have any attractions to people who work here. Yes they have food trucks coming to the Gateway Pavilion every once in a while, but that's about a mile walk just to get there from the main building.
There is a shuttle bus from the Anacostia metro station to the front gate, as well as one from L'Enfant. I'm pretty sure that 90% of the people who metro in spend only as much time on the ground in Anacostia as it takes for them to catch a bus. Additionally, the headquarters building and site itself is situated on a dead end road purposefully built alongside 295. There's just nothing around. No street vendors, no easy access to anything in the neighborhood, absolutely nothing. If Anacostia and Congress Heights transform themselves and become an attraction for the employees here, there might be more interaction between us and our surrounding communities, but having this building here is doing absolutely nothing for them right now, and I don't see any way of changing that on this side of the problem."
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