Monday, March 7, 2011

Concrete Kudzu: DC fights back

With Foulger Pratt's large tract review submission imminent, Ward Four residents fan out across Ward Four to gather signatures of residents opposing the neighborhood big box. Canvassing has expanded from the Safeway near the proposed site to weekend door knocking.

Residents met with city council hopeful Sekou Biddle last week at a small house meeting where WalMart featured prominently in discussion. In a nutshell: Biddle's got nothing to say.

And in news news, the Northwest Current calls for public hearings on Walmart. (W4t wonders is Michael Brown gets the Northwest Current like the rest of us..) A highlight: a nod at the ridiculous public process opportunities and a call out of the "nebulous" large tract review process that seemingly is only used for site design.

W4T similarly is encouraged by heightened action around DC and in the similarly sieged wards five, six and seven. Phonebanking, canvassing, and public ANC debates abound.

Until the updated count on petition numbers later today, contextualize yourself with this video for your week.

From Left to Right: Janelle Carter, Andy Shallal, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bethanie Pointer, Kerry Korpi, Sandra Carpenter, Cynthia Murray at Busboys and Poets' successful 'Women, Workers and Walmart' panel discussion (thanks Respect DC!)

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