Empower DC takes over "open house" to STOP project that would park busses in residential neighborhood

(security FAIL at 45 second mark)
The multibillion dollar redevelopment plan for Union Station includes an
ugly extra: an "Interim plan" to park idling inter-city busses at
Crummel School, in Ivy City. Many residents there already have asthma.
On the 15th of August, over half of particpants in an "open house" at
Union Station about the proposed "master plan" were from Empower DC.

This was not a speaking presentation, but rather a collection of tables
with information about the planned project. As usual, they were not
soliciting any real public input, just saying "here's what we have
already decided to do" while meeting legal technicalities required of
such projects.



Children wore dust masks as a symbol of diesel smoke from idling busses. Empower DC T-shirts were everywhere, as were tough questions
about parking "chinatown" busses in an African-American residential
neighborhood.



One of the tough questions was my own: where's the money, an estimated
$7 billion, for the project going to come from. The answer was that they
don't know-nobody is admitting to a funding source for the project.
Artwork for the proposal shows office buildings built in the "air
rights" over the tracks, but relying on the demand for office space for
funding is chancy at best in an uncertain economy. If funding evaporates
partway through the project, the proposed 20 year "interim" bus parking
at Crummel School could become permanent.

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By: dcdirectactionnews (1721.68)

Tags: Empower DC, Union Station, Ivy City, Crummel School, busses

Location: Washington, United States

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