Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

The real issue about the Florida Market (revised)

If this were a contract signed by an agency of the DC Government, it would be illegal.

-- Failure to conduct a competitive bidding process
-- Sole source contract over $1 million
-- Does not comply with other DC Government Contracting regulations
-- Many provisions counter to other DC laws and regulations.

And with DC Government agency contracts, there is an administrative law review system where the contracting process can be challenged.

The question is: Why isn't it illegal when DC City Council passes the same kind of contract as a law?

Furthermore, DC government instrumentalities such as the National Capital Revitalization Corporation and the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation also have detailed and specific contracting guidelines and procedures.

Title II of Bill 16-812 would violate those provisions, were it a contract entered into by either of those organizations.

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