City Paper calls Cook School “NIMBY Travesty of 2011”

Washington City Paper Housing Complex reporter Lydia DePillis has produced her “2011 Plexies Awards” for “for noteworthy developments in, well, development.”

One of Lydia’s categories is: “NIMBY Travesty of the Year.”

And what event in 2011 captured the title of NIMBY Travesty of the Year? Read below:

Last year, Youthbuild Public Charter School and the Latin American Youth Center were set to renovate and move into the vacant J.F. Cook School in Truxton Circle, bringing the building back to life with educational programs and supportive housing for 50 at-risk kids ~ similar to what the well-regarded organizations have done in Columbia Heights and elsewhere. But the neighborhood revolted, claiming the area was already overburdened with social services, and the property transfer never moved forward. The street will remain dark and dangerous for years longer, and a vital social need will go unmet.

And there you have that.

Read the full WCP article: The Plexies: 2011 in Review for D.C. Real Estate News Posted by Lydia DePillis on Dec. 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm

It’s been noted here on the BACA blog that there is a public hearing on the JF Cook and Slater Schools on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

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