“I’m not anti-car,” said D.C. planning director Harriet Tregoning last night at a meeting of the Federation of Citizens’ Associations. “I’m pro-choice.”
Tregoning and Post reporter Jonathan O’Connell were speaking to the group about development and the zoning update. Many members of the audience were incredulous that any appreciable percentage of residents would choose to live without cars, even when O’Connell described many of his Petworth neighbors who do just that, or when Tregoning cited statistics from the Census.
“35 percent of D.C. households have no vehicle,” Tregoning said. “Who are these people?” one woman shouted out.
Who are those people, by the way? The federation’s members come from citizens’ associations across the District, but those who spoke yesterday hailed from upper Northwest neighborhoods like Tenleytown, Glover Park, and Friendship Heights, as well as a few from Adams Morgan.
Everyone at the meeting was white (in a relic from a more segregated bygone era, predominantly black associations are part of a separate Federation of Civic Associations), and almost all belong to the baby boom generation or are older.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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