Your story about Bruce Lowrey’s struggle to live in urban quietness and the continual war against gentrification in the Tenleytown area (“Wisconsin Badgers,” 7/4) was most intriguing. It is heartwarming to read about any citizen in our town who believes in striving to live the good life by working hard to keep his home, bring the community
together, and battle against the perils of overconstruction.
Somehow, the Williams administration and its partnersthe real-estate businessesseem to blindly think that it is OK to continue on their disastrous quests to destroy the beauty of old buildings and landmarks. Many landmarks that have historical value are often overlooked for the sake of increased revenue, cash flow, and bringing additional bodies into the District of Columbia. Frankly, there is nothing beautiful about a thrown-together high-rise or business venture, without proper investigation and citizen involvement. For the record, everything new and convenient in our city has limits, as well as its pros and cons.
What ever happened to all the quiet neighborhoods that used to have neatly trimmed lawns with little children playing on them? Many such neighborhoods are gone. Today, children are rarely allowed to play outside because of the changing climate in the neighborhoods. In fact, many neighborhoods in the District of Columbia have replaced the harmony of family life with convenient liquor stores, fast-food restaurants, and many other overcrowded businesses. All of these so-called conveniences that were supposed to benefit the families and citizens of the District of Columbia have added the unwanted elements of crime, poverty, air pollution, alcoholism, and unemployment.
After reading your article, I have walked away with the vision that there is power in numbers. The neighborhood associations mentioned bear this out and confirm the fact that some battles can be won if citizens work together, taking a stand, being counted, and becoming involved as a force to be reckoned with.