not that it matters but...
There are a couple of posts I said I would be writing (along with more on the height limit), that I am going to wait on til after the New Year because if I publish them now, no one will read them.
1. I've said in this thread on GGW, Where could a small grocery store thrive in Ward 8?," that I was going to do a follow up piece to "In lower income neighborhoods, are businesses supposed to be "community organizations" first?."
My response to the well-intended post in GGW is that everyone thinks that "where" a store should go is what matters most, when "how" to make a store work and "what" type of store to offer so that it will work are actually the most important questions.
My post will list a typology of potential store types and the associated necessary support systems to "produce" the provision of grocery store type options in "poor" or emerging neighborhoods.
The typology will be something like:
1. corner store
2. convenience store
3. convenience store + groceries
4. convenience store + groceries + cafe
- upscale vs. downscale
5. restaurant + market
- typically upscale
6. drug store/urban format with groceries (CVS)
7. drug store/urban format with food and more (Walgreens)
8. small grocery store
- typically upscale
- deep discount (Aldi, Sav-A-Lot)
9. food co-operative
10. public market
Along with business organization form: business cooperative (IGA, Associated Food Stores, etc.); service mark organization and system (examples from Europe); independent business supplied by a wholesaler; nonprofit member cooperative.
2. Similarly, I intend to write a long piece on DC Public Schools, charters, etc., inspired by my comments in the GGW post "Don't favor local kids in charter admissions, says task force" along with the books Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Montgomery County Public Schools and Whatever it Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America.
Basically, I will argue that DC Public Schools in Wards 7 and 8 need to be converted into a "Harlem Children's Zone" type operation. Doing this in one neighborhood, and probably not to the extent necessary (see the press release "DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative Wins $25M from US Department of Education") will have no practical long term effect.
To change longstanding poverty, everything about how DC and the school system approaches the question has to change. The charter movement in and of itself isn't enough.