Thursday, March 15, 2007

Public Housing — Now and Forever More

The Growler has now heard it from the Hizzoner's own lips.

Last night Mayor William D. Euille showed up at the Inner City Civic Association Meeting and in the course of his remarks about the neighborhood and the Braddock Road Metro plan referred to "public housing that remains — remains, but is upgraded" to improve the quality of life for residents. "This is not a gentrification situation with people being pushed out of their longtime neighborhood."

But the Mayor did announce another walk through the neighborhood next month, this time at night.

So there you have it. The last shreds of pretense that Alexandria is pursuing smart, transit-oriented growth or that the Braddock Plan is really about vibrant communities have been stripped away. What jurisdiction in this region would be dumb enough to keep public housing on some of the most valuable land in the City? What municipality that claims to be promoting retail would re-administer the kiss of death that has kept Braddock Place wreathed in cobwebs for twenty years? And just what really changed around here after the Mayor's last neighborhood walk?

Dear readers, you know the drill by now. There are links on this page to send E-mail, so feel free to drop the Mayor and Council a love note letting them now how thrilled you are that they are looking after someone's quality of life (though not your own).

And don't forget the final public meeting on the Braddock Road Metro Plan. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at Jefferson-Houston School (1501 Cameron Street).