This seems like the most reasonable solution to the need to redraw DC's ward boundaries to increase the populations in Ward 8 and Ward 7 and decrease the population in Ward 2.
It's very difficult to understand why anyone on the redistricting committee would consider placing Eastern High School -- "The Pride of Capitol Hill" which is the only high school in Ward 6 and is fed by most Ward 6 middle schools -- or the Rosedale Recreation Center, which is also undergoing a substantial renovation, outside of Ward 6. Both are important parts of the community and both have received substantial attention from their immediate neighborhoods and the Office of Councilmember Wells in recent years. If the proposal to draw an arbitrary line across 17th Street comes to fruition, thus severing Capitol Hill and Rosedale between two Wards, you can expect a lot of angry current and former Ward 6 residents will make their voices heard when Michael Brown & Yvette Alexander are on the ballot next fall and you have to wonder if Ward 6 will find one of its own to fill one of DC's citywide elected seats, as NW and East of the River seems to have done with great success.
In an ideal world, I'd add Kingman Park back to Ward 6 and shed far western edge as well, but Ward 7 needs to grow, not shrink, and there are too many other reasons to avoid more changes than are necessary at this time.
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Open House Round-Up 2/25/17
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