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I was appalled to hear some of the comments on Tuesday as well. In response to the 9,000 new children growth in DC last year (I think that was the statistic mentioned), a speaker mentioned concern over teen pregnancy. For the record, we just had 2 new children last year and we are far removed from being a teenager. It was hard to understand the fear of younger people who didn't own (or rent) a full house on the resident's street being able to move onto their street. Another concern that I heard echoed was that the residents didn't feel that the proposed code was clear enough. I suggested that the concerned person ask their questions on what is not clear. He responded that what officials said at the meeting would not have the legal weight of the document. I responded that the concerned person should make sure what they are concerned about is in writing. He remained unconvinced. Perhaps some sort of a website to show what the changes to the zoning code would mean for a given address or area on a map, would help people understand. I know there are the transit corridor maps, but that's one map and does not provide complete information.

I have to admit that my wife has a challenge in accepting the need for removal of parking minimums. I do think the the OP failed to address some of the concerns where it was easily possible to. For instance, in response to the development at the old Babe's location without parking, the DDOT rep should have mentioned that these residents can not get RPP stickers. Perhaps OP should create or update a FAQ to address the most common concerns. As for groceries and driving, I understand not everyone can take their groceries on the bus or Metro (though I used to see many old residents in Dupont with their NYC style grocery cart rolling along), what about either taking a taxi or using services like Peapod. There are alternatives to driving to a grocery store without carrying multiple bags.

by GP Steve on Jan 10, 2013 3:50 pm • linkreport

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