Oops, forgot the citizens: DC's new task force on streetcars
Hey, I was just discussing the growth machine with my mentor, and I commented that I am part of it too, just focused on ameliorating some of the worst aspects. But the Examiner article "Gray creates streetcar task force" is a perfect illustration of the reality that local political and economic elites are for the most part united and that average citizens are excluded from the process.
Real estate interests are represented, and for the most part, independent citizens are not, on the task force.
Private citizen members
Vice Chair: Jair Lynch, President and CEO of JAIR LYNCH Development Partners
Richard Bradley, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement District
Charles "Sandy" Wilkes, chairman of The Wilkes Company
Matthew Klein, president of Akridge
Robert Puentes, senior fellow with the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program
Ginger Laytham, senior executive officer to the president, CEO and chairman of Clyde's Restaurant Group
Government agency representatives
Chair: Allen Lew, city administrator
Terry Bellamy, director of DDOT
Victor Hoskins, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Harriet Tregoning, Director of the Office of Planning
Natwar Gandhi, D.C. Chief Financial Officer
Eric Goulet, director of the Mayor's Office of Budget and Finance
Brian Hanlon, director of the Department of General Services
Nicholas Majett, director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Ultimately, the government agency representatives are beholden to their boss(es), the Mayor primarily, and ultimately the elected officials, including the Mayor, are simpatico with the Growth agenda.
I understand how it works, and it's not that it works badly, it's just that it could work a lot better, and more quickly, if the composition of the people involved in such task forces was broader.