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[columbia_heights] Re: Col. Heights RLA Decision

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  • Eric Heard
    Please note the changes to the note below. My note was for Tasha. Marquerite already knows the value of living in this community. ... From: Eric Heard
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 9, 1999
      Please note the changes to the note below. My note was for Tasha.
      Marquerite already knows the value of living in this community.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Eric Heard <eheard@...>
      To: Marguerite Boudreau <margeet@...>; <TStew69@...>;
      <columbia_heights@egroups.com>
      Cc: <margeet@...>
      Sent: Saturday, October 09, 1999 5:21 PM
      Subject: Re: [columbia_heights] Col. Heights RLA Decision


      > Tash, times are changing. There are communities that enjoy the
      > diversity of different kinds of people. That also enjoy different kinds
      of
      > culture. There are communities that support all people and reach out for
      > help when needed and reach out and give help when possible. There are
      > communities that love and cherish all of the children on the street
      > regardless of color or native language. There are communites that are
      > watching out for each other and clinging to each other when times are good
      > and times are bad. There are communites that have Baptists, Jews,
      > Methodists, Catholic, Protesant, agnostic and atheist. There are
      > communities that respect the aged and include them in on all that is
      > happening. There are also communities that communicate with each other,
      > wave, smile and tolerate differences of opinion regardless of race,
      > religion, native language, sex, or sexual orientation. There are model
      communites, Tasha. One of them is Columbia Heights. Check us out.
      >
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Marguerite Boudreau <margeet@...>
      > To: <TStew69@...>; <columbia_heights@egroups.com>
      > Cc: <margeet@...>
      > Sent: Saturday, October 09, 1999 3:58 PM
      > Subject: [columbia_heights] Col. Heights RLA Decision
      >
      >
      > > Tasha: thanks for sending me the email copy. Based on the address, I
      > don't
      > > understand why all the egroup members didn't get copies. Anyway, I
      didn't
      > > think YOU were simplifying the issue. I thought you were asking us what
      > we
      > > thought. As for the comment by the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner
      who
      > > said racial issues were involved, I will provide an Abraham Lincoln
      > riddle:
      > >
      > > Question: how many legs does a dog have if you call a tail a leg?
      Answer:
      > > four because calling a tail a leg doesn't make it so.
      > >
      > > Anytime you have people of different races or religions or sexes or ages
      > or
      > > socio/economic classes, you can say there is racism, religious bias,
      > > sexism, ageism, or cliqueism or just plain snobbishness. Some folks
      > believe
      > > that is ALWAYS the case. Others don't -- at least to the extent that
      that
      > > factor is the determining or predominant one in all issues. IF the
      folks
      > > who believe that the "-isms" are always present are correct, THEN those
      of
      > > us who believe in the ability of neighborhoods, communities, and
      > > civilizations to progress beyond the insular, petty, and devisive must
      > > nevertheless emphasize the substantive.
      > >
      > > And there are very many substantive facts that have been itemized by
      > others.
      > > As seem to be on the columbia_heights egroups mailing list, please
      > review
      > > the archives to identify those facts. Please do contact me again if you
      > > choose to. Thanks.
      > >
      > >
      > > From: TStew69@...
      > > To: margeet@...
      > > Subject: Fwd: [columbia_heights] re: rla decision
      > > Date: Sat, 9 Oct 1999 03:15:32 EDT
      > >
      > > Marguerite,
      > > Here is the e-mail you requested. I sincerely apologize if you thought I
      > was
      > > simplifying the RLA decision and how residents are reacting to it as
      > merely
      > > being a conflict between races. One of the Advisory Neighborhood
      > > Commissioners told me there were racial issues involved with the
      decision
      > > and I simply wanted to get residents' viewpoints on that perspective,
      > > whether they believed race was a factor or not. I just want my story to
      > > reflect the most accurate picture possible. I greatly appreciate your
      > > insights and hope you are willing to discuss them with me further so I
      can
      > > incorporate them
      > > into the story.
      > > Sincerely, Tasha
      > >
      > > From: "Marguerite Boudreau" <margeet@...>
      > > To: TStew69@..., columbia_heights@egroups.com
      > > Subject: Re: [columbia_heights] re: rla decision
      > > Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 11:39:59 PDT
      > >
      > > Tasha: It is very discouraging to have complex issues reduced to race.
      > > However, it is certainly a CONVENIENT EXCUSE some people offer for
      > > discounting all legitimate disagreements. If you want to produce a
      > quality
      > > article, try focusing on the actual substance.
      > > - Many many folks involved in the process know much more of the
      technical
      > > details related to the issues than I do, e.g., which company has enough
      > > money to proceed immediately, which company responded to the charrette
      or
      > > the community planning process, which company has a positive track
      record
      > in
      > > this kind of development, which company has a negative track record in
      > > development, etc. And I'm sure those people will respond to you
      directly.
      > > - Also, all published articles about the issues have included a number
      of
      > > impressive facts in criticizing the decision, e.g., the articles by
      > Jonetta
      > > Rose Barras of the Times, by Rudolph Pyatt Jr. in the Post and articles
      in
      > > numerous community papers, such as the Common Denominator.
      > > - Separate from the notable "technical" facts, there are facts that fall
      > > into the "public interest" category -- specifically, I have not read or
      > > heard anything that indicates that the authorities involved feel they
      are
      > > accountable to the citizens or that they should provide SUBSTANTIVE
      > reasons
      > > for the decision. As examples:
      > > -- The mayor said he "supported the decision of the RLA". That's
      > certainly
      > > not one of the most thoughtful statements he's ever made, but he was
      > > probably just tired: he's got a hard job.
      > > -- Walker, head of the RLA made several statements that he provided as
      > > reasons: (1)The RLA doesn't want to give property anyway cheaply to
      > > outsiders. (2) The RLA couldn't chose the Forest City proposal because
      > the
      > > proposal included plans for a parcel the RLA awarded to Grid. (3) It's
      > > better to award some parcels later because the city can get more money
      for
      > > them later. And, by any chance, does that last reason make the city
      sound
      > > like a speculative slumlord? Also, is the city supposed to make money
      from
      > > selling property or from allowing businesses to operate functions that
      > > provide revenue?
      > > -- On or about September 19, the Wash. Post quoted board members trying
      to
      > > provide some actual reasons, such as if the Lincoln Theater is often
      dark,
      > > how could the Tivoli operate? Well, for starters, according to one of
      my
      > > neighbors, the Lincoln is run by the District.
      > > -- Councilman Graham wants to avoid gridlock, although he does think we
      > > should protect the Tivoli facade. (Alas, protecting the entire outsides
      > of
      > > that old market building at 7th and O didn't do much for the businesses
      > > inside, because there was no good plan.)
      > >
      > > I haven't heard any of my neighbors speak of race or personally
      criticize
      > > the Mayor or even Bob Moore. All of my neighbors who have tried to keep
      > > informed are concentrating on what they think is best for the
      neighborhood
      > > in general.
      > >
      > > Try looking at this from a business vantage point. Is bad development
      > > better or worse than rubble? Which of the companies would you invest in
      > if
      > > you wanted a return on your investment? Which complex would you most
      > enjoy
      > > patronizing and which would also provide the most features for the
      > greatest
      > > array of citizens? -- Good luck, Marguerite
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > From: TStew69@...
      > > To: columbia_heights@egroups.com
      > > Subject: [columbia_heights] re: rla decision
      > > Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 04:03:11 EDT
      > >
      > > Please disregard my earlier posting as I was having trouble with my
      > > e-mail.
      > > I'm writing a story for Howard University's Community News newspaper
      > on
      > > the
      > > RLA decision and how it is affecting Columbia Heights residents.
      There
      > > has
      > > been a lot of discussion in the Egroup about this, especially in
      > regards
      > > to
      > > factors such as race and people like the mayor and Bob Moore. I
      wanted
      > > to
      > > know if any Columbia Heights residents would be interested in
      sharing
      > > their
      > > thoughts on the situation with me to include in my article. Any and
      > all
      > > thoughts you are willing to share would be greatly appreciated.
      > >
      > > Sincerely,
      > > Tasha Stewart
      > > (202) 332-7482
      > > TStew69@...
      > >
      >
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