"Smart" Growth is worse than Dumb
The Coalition for "Smart" Growth (CSG) and Greater Greater Washington (GGW) together are in full speed organizing mode in preparation to severely weaken the DC Comprehensive Plan. Click here
Who are the smart growthers?
To give you a sense of who is driving the philopsophies and policies of GGW take a look at the blinding diversity at the links below:
Who benefits from the "smart" growth policies and campaigns?
The beneficiaries of both the organizing work of CSG & GGW and the paid off politicians are the same development class and sycophants displacing more and more of the city's culture, longtime DC families, and existing neighborhoods. Their funders include the who's who of corporate developers in the District, like EYA (Jair Lynch), Valor, Bozzuto, JBG Companies, Chevy Chase Land Company, Akridge and others:
- GGW Supporters
- Smart Growthers Financial Report
- The Executive Director of Smart Growth USA, Geoff Anderson, is married to Harriet Tregoning, DC's former director of "Planning."
Together, the "smart" growth networks have pushed city officials to define "affordability" as a studio that costs $1200 a month!!
Through these well-heeled networks, CSG and GGW have successfully tapped the new largely white and wealthy single professionals moving into the District by using saavy social media and online forums. Despite the real fact that most of these new residents choose not to vote in DC, they have no problem writing letters, signing petitions, and tweeting decision makers. This unattached political power has served nicely as the cover needed by crooked politicians and planning officials who consistently appease their corporate campaign donors by approving privatization of public assets, land, and services and handing out gobs of corporate welfare (No Billionaire Left Behind).
PLEASE WARN YOUR NETWORKS!!
Right now CSG and GGW are approaching your ANC's, your neighborhood civic groups, your friends, and neighbors seeking their support for signing onto their "affordability" euphemisms and build-baby-build myths serving their developer masters.
Beyond their connections and organizing, troublesome is GGW's recent TrumpLite attacks on court victories against displacement. For example, the December 8th McMillan court decision fundamentally challenges how DC's planning officials have ignored gentrification impacts brought on by large luxury developments around the city, but David Alpert and smart growth company has decried this victory as NIMBYism and an attack on housing. He must be reinventing the Orewllian dream for modern DC planning. #Wow
WE CAN AND MUST COUNTER AND PREVAIL OTHERWISE 2017 AND ON WILL BE DISMAL FOR DC'S LONGTIME FAMILIES AND FOR ANY TRUE SENSE OF AFFORDABILITY FOR SMALL BIZ AND HOUSING.
There are City Council agency oversight hearings coming up. Click here.
The Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle is coming up. Click here.
GGW and CSG will be at these official forums to tell the city what a great job the developers are doing building “affordable” housing despite the reality on the ground.
We are organizing to counter these dumb ideas, and project a vision for our city that emaphasizes protecting existing neighborhoods and preserving existing affordability in our longstanding District communities.
Contact us to engage on the Comprehensive Plan!
Chris Otten, co-facilitator
DC for Reasonable Development
Public Property Advocate, Former ANC Commissioner (2008-2010), 2006 Mayoral Candidate (www.otten06.com), Homeless Services Proponent, DC Zoning Expert
202 810 2768
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