Logan Circle Parking Problems

A Blog designed to bring to the attention of our political leaders the problems of illegal church parking

Monday, May 08, 2006

Reaction to DDOT spokeswoman's comment

"There has been a decision as to which groups will be represented, but I think they are in the process of approaching people," said Karyn LeBlanc, a spokeswoman for the department.
The above comes from today's Washington Times article on the illegal church parking problem (see below). We would just like to say that the mayor's task force, if it ever gets off the ground, will most likely be overwhelming black, religious, and unrepresentative of "newcomers."

This is not surprising and unless we do away with the codes words and other reference laden language that has been used in this debate (especially at the rally and by politicians), we will not get to the heart of the problem. The reason why there has been no action has to do with a political calculus that DC politicians have made. What they have done is weight the costs and benefits of trying to enforce parking laws (a cost-benefit analysis). They have found that enforcing the parking laws will cost them more politically than to not enforce them. The reality is that most DC politicians do not want to anger black people and realize that new white middle to upper class folks are less likely to protest or become active in the DC political environment when they get screwed on a issue.

Since politicians see the dividing lines as churches=black and newcomers=white, they have done all they can to prevent enforcement and to just appease the "newcomers" with some promise to do something in the future.

Remember everyone has a say in how DC is run. It does not matter if your white, black, rich, poor, newcomer, or oldcomer. No matter what Dee Hunter says you can feel disenfranchised even if you are white. Black people do not have a monopoly on being screwed by government. Anyone can be and until people realize that the DC government is corrupt, wasteful, and non-reactive to the community's concerns, things like illegal and double parking will continue because indifference is a symptom of too much power.


At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried the Attorney General's Office--I know he works for Williams--but how is it legal to enforce double-parking in say Georgetown and not enforce it in Logan (esp. with Task Force recommendations developed and implemented [angled parking, signs, etc.]?)727-6248

At 1:49 PM, Blogger LCPP said...

We have tried the AG's office. Going to post the response soon.

At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the parking still bad this past weekend up by Metropolitan?

At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't around the northern part of Logan this weekend, but on the south side there was still double parking.


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