Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Change Gon' Come?

I've been missing in action for the last week preparing for a big community for my urban planning project at work. We presented new ideas for the future. Some people were so excited. There were a vocal few that have lived in the area their entire lives who were adamant about the area NOT changing.

This is very similar to some of the sentiments in Wards 7 and 8. While I hate to dwell on the issue of re-branding Wards 7 and 8, two things have happened in the last two weeks that cause me to revisit. One, I went to the ribbon-cutting for the Overlook at Oxon Run. Councilmember Gray and Councilmember Barry stated firmly that this is "East of the River" when one of the developers suggested we re-brand and call it River East. Two, there was an article in the Washington Post article that was talking about young D.C. activist (R.E.E.L.) who want to re-brand Wards 7 and 8.

Essentially there is a clear divide between "old school" Washingtonians and "new school" Washingtonians. How do we resolve this "battle of wills" (for lack of a better term)? Who owns the future of Wards 7 and 8? Where there people that were this passionate when the name changed from "Washington East" to "East of the River"?

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