The D.C. Public Library has engaged the well-regarded Urban Land Institute to independently consider options for the central Martin Luther King Jr. Library, which is a prized piece of modernist architecture but a lousy place for a library. As DCist notes today, grumbling has emerged over the fact that the ULI panel is composed of out-of-towners. Never mind that these people are design and development experts. Never mind that the panel is “intentionally made up of individuals who are not from the D.C. area to ensure an unbiased and objective review.” Never mind that there are several layers of locally accountable officials standing between the panel’s findings and an actual decision. Just ... sigh.
In other news:
In wake of New York eviction, D.C. officials standy by Occupy-ers (D.C. Wire)
The D.C. Council bill targeting Joe Mamo’s gasoline business is on life support (D.C. Wire)
Your Women, Infants and Children credits are no good at Aldi (DCentric)
Stephanie Evans, formerly of the Academy of the Holy Cross, is the new DCPS athletic director (Post)
Office of Human Rights to theaters: Don’t offer ticket deals just to young people (WBJ)