The reason for this man-made disaster is that District agencies fail to follow best practices for urban development. Further, resolutions and public testimony from Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and citizen groups crying out for years to correct the environmental destruction are either patronized or simply ignored. The District’s ongoing malfeasance is fully illuminated with its plan to develop Hearst Park. The plan includes significantly increasing hardscape by building an outdoor pool and pool house in the middle of the watershed.
The District’s executives and elected officials’ negligence has taken its toll on Rock Creek Park — Washington’s crown jewel. Removing judicial review for development will eliminate the last remaining opportunity for recourse by citizens to protect our parkland and neighborhood green space.
William W. Matzelevich, Washington