Let’s start with the good.

Up until Chris Ziemann left the D.C. Department of Transportation last year, Ward 2 had a dedicated DDOT planner. This position can coordinate transportation projects across the ward. Further, it can lobby DDOT on the ward’s behalf and bring a unified vision across multiple projects and neighborhoods.

Unfortunately, since Chris left, the position has remained empty and Mayor Gray recommended it simply be cut completely. Council member Tommy Wells, however, proposed that this position — as well as the vacant ward planner positions for Wards 3 and 5 — be filled again. This is a good proposal.

[Continue reading Topher Mathews’s post here at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]

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