We have offered to post brief statements from all of the ANC candidates running for seats on Capitol Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods that we cover here on The Hill is Home. These statements are not endorsements and have been posted exactly as submitted by the candidates.
Five years ago, before the Hine School redevelopment process had begun, the Eastern Market/Barracks Row neighborhood was named one of the “10 Best Urban Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Association. Up to then we had succeeded in balancing development with the human-scale “urban village” feel of the historic district, and that was something the APA commended. That is now seriously endangered due to the current ANC’s inability to persuade the Hine School developers to stick to their originally proposed and approved size and massing.
I am running for the ANC because I believe it needs Commissioners who will take a strong stand to put residents’ interests first, ahead of developers and “destination” visitors who drive here from other areas. I have lived near Barracks Row for 14 years; before that, I lived in Adams Morgan for 14 years, so I do know what can happen to a neighborhood if the ANC lets it simply turn into a “destination” without focusing on the residents.
We have a “sidewalk culture” that is unique to our neighborhood in DC, and which is rare in urban areas anywhere in the U.S. The people who live here enjoy the fact that our neighborhood has many characteristics of a small town, where you run into neighbors and friends while shopping or dining out, and where the neighborhood has a real sense of community. These are the defining characteristics of our community that we should focus on preserving.
My approach to the issues that come before the ANC is analytic, pragmatic, non-ideological, and common-sense. I listen to all sides of issues, and try to avoid one-size-fits-all policies. You can find more details about my approach and positions on my website: http://randysteer-anc.org. If you e-mail me questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) I will post the questions and answers on my website. I look forward to working with my fellow 6B-03 residents to address their neighborhood concerns and ensure that Capitol Hill remains a unique and enjoyable “hometown”.