The Park Service will discuss the work that has been done to date and upcoming activities regarding the properties; the Association for the Study of African American Life and History will discuss their role in the project; and a Shaw resident will present a personal tribute to Dr Woodson. This event, sponsored by Shaw Main Streets, is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.
Neighbors on the list serves hope this forum will be a chance to address some poignant, less feel-good, questions relating to the properties, like:
+Why and how ASALH comes up with the million-plus to set up shop on Q between Seventh and Marion when they are promised space in the Woodson Museum?I certainly hope these important questions (relating to accountability, feasibility, safety, and the reality of the project's advancement) are addressed and encourage all to attend tonight's forum.
+How much of a Congressional appropriation did Eleanor Holmes Norton give to ASALH and Shiloh for the three properties? How much more is the Park Service subsidizing them?
+When, if ever, will the museum be built?
+Has there been any federal appropriation to the Park Service set aside for constructing the museum?
+Will there be any accommodation for the community -- such as a meeting room?
+When does the Park Service hope to go the Historic Preservation Review Board?
+What accommodation will be made for parking?
+Why so much deliberation to study fixing up three tenements buildings?
+Why can't you just provisionally clean up the mess, spruce up the façades, seal up the properties, keep out the squatters, and fix the fire hazards (Fire Department orange signs are still on the doors)?
PHOTO CREDIT: From dbking on Flickr, available here.