by Mel Dyer
There is a good reason, why I do not feel DC's Wards Seven and Eight are not ready for statehood.
Our River East wards do not presently have sufficient industry and commercial investment to generate enough revenue to adequately support police, EMS, sanitation, public schools and other services, ..on a municipal level. We are not as ready to be towns or municipalities, as some of the other parts of town, ..like Capitol Hill and Georgetown. Presently, our Capicostia (ANC-7B) neighborhoods are poised to become the prospective 51st State's poorest, most abject districts. How will that go for us, when the folks, downtown, decide we should start shouldering more of our own economic burdens?
So, when I read about these so-called 'opportunity zones', I am somewhat hopeful...encouraged. Some would argue any development is good development, for Seven and Eight. The question for us River Easters, however, is...opportunity, for whom?
8 Major Projects Planned In D.C.'s Opportunity Zones: Developers including MRP Realty, Redbrick LMD, Douglas Development and MidCity have large-scale mixed-use projects planned in D.C.'s opportunity zones.