Beautiful, but steep. We're talking twenty steps just to get to the front door. I mean, no big deal for a strapping 24-year-old such as myself. I doubt I'd have such an easy time if I were a nonagenarian.
Well the family of one such disabled nonagenarian wants to build a ramp for him and his disabled octogenarian wife (way to rob the cradle!). They've lived on the street for 47 years. It's their home. But the city won't let them.
Marc Fisher (h/t to DCist) dives into a story that shows you where DC's priorities really are. Historic preservation is prioritized over the health and well-being of its citizens.
"I read your column and said, 'Something is wrong here, and we've got to do something,' " says [Kim] Kendrick, the assistant secretary for fair housing in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. So she wrote to the District's preservation officials. "Generally in matters like this, people respond with answers promptly. Not the District. In this case, we had to issue subpoenas."
I love that District officials can't even be bothered to deal with two of their oldest citizens suffering needlessly. They needed judicial intervention before even bothering with their obvious violation of the Fair Housing Act.And speaking of the Fair Housing Act:
What Kendrick eventually learned disturbed her even more. "I was real concerned when I heard one of the District officials say that they don't have to follow the Fair Housing Act," she says.