On the 16th of February, at 7 AM, protesters were on site at the
former Curtis Chevrolet site, where Foulger-Pratt has demolished the
historic "car barn" to start their Wal-Mart construction project. Due to
the presence of protesters in the driveway, a Foulger-Pratt
representative refused to unlock the gate, turning away several
The previous day, there was little or no activity at the site after the
hurried demolition of the car barn. None the less, at least two
contractor trucks were met with unexpected locked gates, There was no
morning rush of workers, unknown if no activity was scheduled requiring
them-or if they had been told to simply go home as the site was not
Even though the site is right across from the police station,
Foulger-Pratt would not open the gates for a porta-potty pumpout truck,
nor for a truckload of additional fencing. It does not take many
protesters to outnumber a couple officals from Foulger-Pratt, and maybe
last year's residental protests against Foulger-Pratt exec Dick Knapp
also came to mind.
At 1PM, it was announced that further demolition was halted for the
entire day. If work crews are told to stay away from a jobsite at 8AM or
so, it is often too difficult to call them back, leading to a day-lopng
No doubt Foulger-Pratt figured opening the gates would mean risking
things like Occupy tents inside the site, of unknown staying power. Both
neighborhood activists and Occupy DC activists were represented at the
By the time protesters departed, it was raining, another thing not
popular at open-air construction sites. I do not know how much rain it
takes to shut down this jobsite, but it sure doesn't seem to take many
protesters to shut it down!
Update: At 2PM, Adam Davis, a "development executive" with
Foulger-Pratt, denied protesters shut the site down, by claiming no work
was scheduled for the day. Well, he has to say somthing, no matter WHAT
was actually on the schedule.
With all the lies told by Wal-Mart and their flunkies, Why should we
assume Mr Davis isn't talking trash? Even if it is true, those two
trucks were unable to enter due to the presence of protesters,
guaranteeing that the protest cost Foulger-Pratt money. The sewage truck
in particular left the site for their next job, and will probably have
to be recalled on another day at extra cost.
The DC'ist is giving credit for delaying construction to Occupy DC but burying the news that Respect DC also participated in the protest deep in the article.
One things for sure, though: There's a lot more where both sides came from on this one!
In: Other News
Tags: Wal-Mart. Foulger-Pratt, Occupy DC, Respect DC
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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