No 'entitlement' on H Street
Colbert I. King’s Dec. 19 op-ed column, “Earmark and entitlement on H Street,” included unsubstantiated and veiled allegations of racism and seemed rooted in the fear, distrust and reverse racism of the last generation. More important, it completely missed the community benefits provided by the H Street shuttle.
H Street businesses seek patrons from elsewhere because the immediate neighborhood is not dense enough to support a robust, local retail economy. To be economically successful, H Street needs more people, not different people.
The city is spending millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements along H Street as part of a comprehensive plan to provide housing, urban retail space and a culturally vibrant arts and entertainment district. The plan will provide attractive opportunities to live, work and play in a city that faces stiff competition for income, sales and property tax revenue from surrounding jurisdictions. Unfortunately, it has created disruption for local businesses in the interim.
Local entrepreneurs have taken substantial risks opening businesses in an economically depressed corridor, but all of us will benefit, economically and culturally, if they prosper. So let’s leave the race-baiting of the last generation behind, support our local businesses and enjoy the renaissance of one of Washington’s great streets.
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