Andrew Macdonald, co-chair of Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan, outlines why the CAAWP plan is the only realistic, long-term economic alternative for the city.
Monday, November 28, 2011
I’ve grown weary of the fight over the waterfront too, though for very different reasons than those espoused by the Chamber’s, Co-Chair Elect, Andrew Palmieri. For one thing I’m tired of a political process that effectively cuts off all real debate and the opportunity for compromise, whether it be along the waterfront or in the West End near the BRAC-133 monstrosity. For another, the waterfront plan that the Chamber and its proxy, Waterfront4All$, supports is a direct threat to a National Historic Landmark District. Mr. Palmieri appears to believe that a process where senior City planners met much more regularly with property owners (and developers) than it did citizens is a fair and democratic one too. Yet it was in those former meetings …
In this Letter to the Editor, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect Andrew Palmieri writes that it's time to vote on the city's plan.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Honestly, I have grown so weary of the debate that it is difficult to open the local newspapers or to run into neighbors who want to discuss the future of Alexandria’s waterfront. In June 2009, I was among the hundred or more citizens who turned out for the first of over 100 waterfront charettes and meetings to plan the re-design of Alexandria’s waterfront. Everyone at T. C. Williams High School that Saturday morning had an agenda: arts, economic development, historic preservation, recreational activities, transportation, and of course, status quo. These issues, and the people advocating them, were the same then as they are today. Over a two-year period, the City Staff generated a consensus waterfront plan that reflects sensitivity for…