Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Crowd Demands Services, Not Stadium

By David Nakamura
The Washington Post
October 26, 2004

An angry and frustrated crowd in Southwest Washington last night denounced Mayor Anthony A. Williams's proposal to build a baseball stadium in their community, saying they feared being displaced and worried that public money will be diverted from schools and health care.

More than 150 people attended the meeting at Waterside Mall, where city officials, including City Administrator Robert C. Bobb, presented plans for the stadium, to be built nearby. The event, billed as a question-and-answer session, largely turned into a chance for residents to express frustration over what they said was the city's inability to meet basic service needs for the community.

"I've never seen anything like this in my life," said Doris Barnes, 60, who lives in the neighborhood. "We need schools, jobs and homes. We don't need a baseball stadium."

A spokesman for the Southwest Advisory Neighborhood Commission, which co-sponsored the meeting, said the group voted 5 to 1 after the meeting to oppose the stadium proposal.

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