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Posted at 08:42 PM ET, 11/06/2011

Alexandrians in support of waterfront plan speak up

While most of northern Virginia (at least the portion that follows politics) is focused on the election Tuesday, Alexandrians remain immersed in the fight over what happens to their waterfront.
A view of the Alexandria waterfront looking north from the Dandy Restaurant Cruise ship in June. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)

We told readers last Sunday about the epic battle over those 3.5 miles of Potomac River frontage, including the 200-page critique/alternative report that Citzens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan issued. We told readers of this blog Tuesday about the city’s response to critics of their plan. But what about those who support the city’s plan?

Waterfront for All weighed in Saturday night with a press release, which we quote here:

“The report was filled with inconsistencies and contradictions” said Dennis Auld a founding member of Waterfront4All.
“With all the criticism, it’s hard to find any legitimate components of their plan” said Auld.

You want more? We’ll give you the whole release after the page break...

The press release in full (BTW, we’d be happy to link to the full 200-page CAAWP report, but it’s now on a file-sharing site and the group requires interested parties to email anneamp@comcast.net to gain access — or pony up $20 for a printed copy).

The recent unveiling of the CAAWP’s alternative plan, Parks, Arts and Museums, and its $20 price tag a copy, left many people wondering about the legitimacy of this group.
“The report was filled with inconsistencies and contradictions” said Dennis Auld a founding member of Waterfront4All.
After months of supposed research, the alternative plan is clearly heavy in rhetoric and light on substance. The first hundred pages are dedicated to criticizing the City’s plan. The second hundred pages are partially spent criticizing other City’s waterfront projects. “With all the criticism, it’s hard to find any legitimate components of their plan” said Auld.
CAAWP has been critical of the City’s self funded plan but they have no problem advocating for a $100 million dollar plus plan with no funding whatsoever. Their plan calls for a museum without identifying any funding sources for it. It advocates for purchasing Robinson Terminal land, without identifying how the money would be raised for that acquisition or suggests trading land the City doesn’t have. It advocates for more parks without identifying funding sources for their maintenance.
The opposition opposes the City purchase of a small amount of land from Old Dominion Boat Club and yet is quick to advocate purchasing Robinson Terminal’s land. They make no mention of the increased traffic problems that would result if their museum actually attracted 1,100 visitors a day. The current nine city museum’s are subsidized by tax payer dollars and attract nowhere close to that number of daily visitors.

“Clearly, these are just cursory observations” said Auld. “We will wait for the City’s analysis of their plan and look forward to getting a better understanding of it from the professionals who have dedicated their lives to the service of our community.”

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