superdookietoiletexp t1_iujyrzg wrote

At some point, it just becomes common sense. Like all efficient organizations, there is a division of labor at WaPo. Local politics is delegated to her. She has established a long track record of endorsing folk like Jack Evans, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she publishes crap like this as well. Luckily, DC voters apparently don’t give a whit what she has to say. Her endorsements have a terrible track record of winning competitive elections.


superdookietoiletexp t1_iujy4d2 wrote

I do. Jo-Ann Armao is the editor covering local politics. If you think all 16 editors and associate editors write editorials, I admire your naïveté. Here is some background for you:


superdookietoiletexp t1_iuj52m2 wrote

I agree that a ~500 student school is too big for right now. A ~300 student school would however relieve overcrowding at the other elementaries feeding Hardy and give the city the classroom space it needs to guarantee Pre-K via DCPS across the city (which would be a huge deal).

The area will inevitably densify as families move in to the area to access the new high school and so it’d make sense to build it large enough to add additional classrooms as necessary. LAB is only using 1/2 of the Old Hardy building as it is so hopefully the city to take back what they are not using and use that for the new school with an annex on the parking lot beside the building. Best case scenario is to overturn the lease extension but I can’t see how that would ever happen.


superdookietoiletexp t1_iuipogf wrote

There is density along MacArthur Blvd., but the lack of a neighborhood elementary school and distance from other schools has driven parents away. The new schools will attract parents and change the character of the neighborhood, which is what has got the retirees so upset. None of us knows exactly how many elementary school age kids live in Foxhall, but there are probably more than enough to fall a small (300 student) school.


superdookietoiletexp t1_iuhrm65 wrote

No one has any plan build a school “on” Hardy Park. The proposal is to build a school beside the park that would keep all playing surfaces and facilities intact (and enhance many of them). Many people in the neighborhood have ES-age children and want the neighborhood public school that all other DC neighborhoods have. However, a handful of retirees - who have opposed proposals for a public school in the neighborhood even when it would have occupied an existing building - are peddling scary falsehoods to make the proposal out to be something it is not.