I was disappointed he didn't really have anything Ward 6 or H Street specific to say. It was weird that he talked about development in Ward 8 instead of telling us that he's going to help us through H Street construction and work to get the streetcars running asap.
I think Gray talked about ward 8 because someone was in the audience from ward 8 and asked a question. I was very annoyed about this, too. Go to your own damn town hall! Maybe the questioners should have been vetted. I will be very interested to see if Gray can keep his promise to reform the special education program in DCPS so that rich white parents stop gaming the system by hiring lawyers to document that their kid's special needs can't be met by DCPS, thus obliging DC to foot the tuition for the Lab School of Washington or similar pricey schools. Good luck changing that.
Gray mentioned Ward 8 projects even before the question and answer portion as examples of where the city is expanding. He missed a great opportunity to highlight the ever-expanding and developing Ward 6. He should have varied his stump speech to talk about H Street. We're all impressed he know what Ward 6 was like when he was growing up, but a lot has changed and he should have done a better job at showing his commitment to continued progress. I agree some of the questions should have been vetted. A mix between audience questions and previously submitted questions might have ensured audience members did not ask questions specific to them and not helpful to the rest of the crowd.
I'm anonymous #2 and I agree with the subsequent poster that too many questions last night were specific to individual situations (the teacher who was fired, for example) and not of general interest or ward 6 specific. People have a right to ask for redress of grievances or injury but the town hall was not the right forum for that. They just hijacked a public event for their personal use.