The generation gap dividing D.C.'s planning activists
Predictably, smart growth advocates weren't about to let the committee's demands stand unanswered, and this afternoon David Alpert of the Greater Greater Washington blog penned a fairly definitive response and started up a petition -- which will surely garner more than 153 signatories -- asking that Gray keep the two.
One of the obvious ironies about the tiff between the Committee of 100 and Greater Greater Washington is that both groups seek the same goal -- though they're generations apart about how they define it. The Committee of 100 has been around since 1923, but one of its most significant victories for the District was when it fought back a plan in the 1950s and 60s that would have seen a number of additional freeways circle and crisscross the city. Greater Greater Washington has become the center of the vibrant smart growth movement in this city, so much so that it can rightfully take credit for forcing Gray to replace funding for streetcars that was removed in some late-night budget machinations earlier this year.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle's post here at DCist.com.]
| November 19, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
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