I’m asking you to raise your voice on this issue because it’s another example of DC’s Executive and Council favoring wealthier, whiter business interests while slowing down and critically wounding discussed improvements to the poorer, Blacker areas. This would be another promise broken in a morally disgusting line of condescending corporatism, technocratism, and disfavoring of Black residents. I’m also worked up about the Benning Project with Streetcar extension because I feel almost alone as a neighbor/urbanist supporting it.
This Benning Project has long been a political football containing omnipresent issues on which many have important conversations but rarely seem to make discernable progress: gentrification, housing affordability, the skewed income-level distribution of benefits from neighborhood improvements, and the government’s condescending voice in community change. I’m not unsympathetic to advocacy group strategic decisions and the wise picking political battles. We are now at a stage – and I’ve got receipts – that poor Black people are getting screwed by the machinations of a blameless bureaucracy.