In any case, it’s valuable to see what the city’s business elite considers to be the biggest challenges around, and this document shows where the Council thinks it can and should have an impact.
As I wrote, what’s most striking is how similar the Council’s goals are to Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s governing platform — particularly the new focus on reducing unemployment in the city. But there are a few other items of note, particularly in the infrastructure sphere.
The plan refers to the District as “one of the most congested urban areas in the country,” and mentions “opportunities to improve east-west traffic flow.” Specifically, the Council is looking at somehow reopening a connection across the White House grounds, as explored in the recently concluded joint federal-local White House Area Transportation Study. In addition, a K Street NW reconfigured as a “major multi-modal thoroughfare” is on the table, which the city transportation department recently pursued with the federal government to no avail. Also on the infrastructure front, said Council CEO John Hill, is a long-term approach to fixing less visible infrastructure needs — particularly the very expensive, very long term needs to rebuild the city’s water and sewer infrastructure.
Also of note is what’s not on the list. City public libraries, for instance, used to be among the group’s top priorities. But after a nearly decadelong cycle of capital investment in new and rehabilitated libraries, and stable management under Ginnie Cooper, it would seem the public libraries no longer require the FCC’s top attention. They now fall into a list of less critical “interest areas.”
Read it here: