Unlike most of the other DC elected officials, Councilwoman Bowser has stepped up to the plate vis-a-vis Walmart
I just looked at the press release:
- A Walmart plan I can support
and I have to say, considering all the other statements from the Mayor, the other members of City Council, and the Washington Post, it's pretty good.
Her statements support the kinds of points that the enlightened Ward 4 citizens have been making as part of the subcommittee review process I have been participating in, on a committee created by ANC4B to do fact finding with regard to the issue, even when public statements by other public officials--elected and/or appointed--have pointedly ignored the issues we have been raising. (E.g., as discussed in this op-ed, "Temper Walmart Glee with Planning," that I wrote in the Washington Business Journal -- note that since it's been one month since publication, the full article is now visible to non-subscribers.)
• Respect our Comprehensive Plan
My comment-- the Foulger Pratt proposal doesn't satisfy the recommendations of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the recommendation to reposition parts of the Georgia Avenue commercial district around walkability and she acknowledges this.
• Invest in D.C. and Ward 4
She states that the company should pay decent wages and use local construction firms and employees to build their buildings.
• Help build a better Brightwood
She states that the project by Foulger Pratt and Walmart should strengthen and support the adjoining commercial district, not diminish it and the need to promote transit and walkability.
• Make sure urban means excellent
The press release calls attention to the failure by Foulger Pratt to include housing in their development proposal.
• Put all the cards on the table
She states that Walmart should deal with the city simultaneously on each project, but collectively, rather than picking off communities within the city one by one.