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“Circling the Wagons: Logan Circle ANC Supports Affordable HousingAs Long as It’s Not in Its Back Yard” (1/17) is factually inaccurate and highly misleading. The author, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, should have investigated facts before printing a piece that appears to be the sole opinion (not fact based in knowledge) of Robert Riddle.
In the article, Aguirre-Sacasa wrote, “LCCA is a collection of mostly white yuppies who work hard to make their neighborhood a cleaner, safer place to liveeven if it means squelching the poorer black community the ANC is also supposed to be looking out for.” Throughout the article, Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) is portrayed as a white, upper-middle-class, homeowners group. This could not be further from the truth. I am currently the president of LCCA. However, I am not white, nor am I upper-middle-class. My father is a Cherokee, and my mother is half-Spanish and half-Cherokee. My position in public education will never allow me to enter the ranks of upper-middle-class. I am guilty of working hard, saving money, and purchasing a house with my Puerto Rican partner. In addition, how degrading to assume that people of color would not be interested in living in a neighborhood that is clean and safe.
The board of directors of LCCA is made up of a diverse group of people. Membership in LCCA is open to any person or business that chooses to join. As I look down the membership roster I notice that the membership includes individuals of Asian heritage, African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and many individuals that are mixed-race. Most importantly, we do not recruit members based on any of these factors. The fact is that most people, regardless of ethnicity, want to live in a close community free from crime and trash. I do not think that our organization is free from individuals that might be racist, nor do I think any organization could make that claim. I do know that I would not lead a group that had a mission to exclude anyone!
Our association is not opposed to low-income or multifamily housing. We have supported, and will continue to support, projects that offer affordable housing. I think it is unfair to make such accusations when there is no fact that backs such statements. Last week I was a member of a diverse group that spoke at Logan Court condominiums, a MANNA project, to inform residents of opportunities to become active in the neighborhood.
LCCA does believe that an informed and active community member is an asset to the community. We do believe that a community that is well connected can fight the blight that is common in urban neighborhoods. We also believe that a community divided along lines of race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, gender, or sexual orientation is a community that is doomed to fail.
Logan Circle Community Association