The politics of race in the District of Columbia
Adrian Fenty was the only city council member who voted against the deal for the baseball stadium. He ran as a reform candidate and carried every single precinct.
Imagine that you live in the Fort Chaplin apartments. They are moldy and vermin infested. The mice are so bad, they live in the stoves. One of my friends tried to make a stew and found mice had crawled into it. The mold is so bad that people have to throw away their clothes. Living in Fort Chaplin makes you sick, literally sick. You can call every relevant DC agency and nothing happens. You can go to court and get a judgment and nothing happens.
Why? I can't be sure, but rumor has it that it is scheduled to be converted to condos. Fort Chaplin is right next to a subway station, and is probably considered much too good a location for a poor people. If they are planning to raze the whole complex they won't be interested in maintaining it and are just interested in squeezing the last dollar out of it.
So once again imagine that you live in the Fort Chaplin apartments. You vote for Fenty because he voted against the stadium deal. And then he gets in power. He closes your child's school and sells it to one of his cronies. He fires your child's favorite teachers. He makes all number of cuts that impact your life in a very negative way. And he does nothing about your moldy, vermin infested apartment.
So you take your child down to the local library so your child has a clean healthy place to study, and what do you see? Bike stands for Capitol Bikeshare. Nobody you know asked for bikeshare. And you understand those bikes were not meant for you, they are for the new people that are beginning to gentrify your neighborhood.
Which brings me to BD Blue's post about Walmart. Local groups have been organizing against Walmart; but our politicians are useless. It has been documents that Walmart stores destroy more jobs than they create. Anyone who has watched the redevelopment of H street knows that our city council could not care less about small businesses.