How to Make D.C. Life Better
A great thing about this country is that there's a contest and a grant program for every possible cause and talent.
For example, who would have thought you could win five large just by suggesting ways to make the District better?
DC Appleseed, a do-gooder group in town, and the Hechinger Family Trusts (now you know where all that money you spent on hardware really went) are sponsoring a contest to see who can come up with the best ideas for making D.C. a better city. They got about 900 responses and a panel of judges has picked 20 finalists. You can vote on who wins the big money.
Some of the finalists are incredibly lame ideas--build a UDC East campus (um, the mayor already tried that move, and got his head handed to him), two litter-related initiatives (if that's the biggest problem folks can think of, we need to call the city perfect and move on)--and some have already been done--mobile health clinics, a beefed-up career education program in the public schools--and some are really quite creative: Lift the height restriction in some parts of town to encourage developers to build affordable housing, require builders to stop closing sidewalks during construction and instead build the scaffolding that keeps walkways open in other cities.
Take a look at the list and render your own opinion--and add your ideas about how to fix chronic problems in the city.
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