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Frankly, I'm getting tired of the vilification of an update that might let people who are different get to move into Ward 3. So much of the things these folks object to has to do with keeping people out of their neighborhood, without there being a mention anywhere about actual human beings. Well, this kind of thing has a rich history in our country and City, and it is about time it stops. Let's give people who might not have had the income to do so chance to live in Ward 3, with their great schools and amenities.

If you doubt this is the true subtext of the Nimby conversation, witness the town meeting on last Thursday evening to oppose the Cafritz proposed apartment building at 5333 Connecticut Avenue. The leader of the opponents got up in front of a homogenous group of fifty-something's and actually said that the building would bring with it new residents who would send their kids to Murch and Deal schools.

Now, it may be these are crimes of omission - that some folks just don't have a clue about the fact that other people live in this world. But no matter, the subtext resonates to those who would hear the message of maintaining exclusivity.

by FongFong on Jan 5, 2013 8:28 pm • linkreport

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