I’ve lived on the Hill for seven years, and with the notable exception of the Shell gas station that will ultimately be built on Maryland Avenue, I rarely pay attention to what development is taking place before builders break ground and “Now Open” signs are hung on doors. It’s not that I don’t care what happens in my neighborhood: I simply recognize that some things are bigger than I am. Shell stations will be built, though thanks to the work of a very vocal group the impact will be less than first proposed; chain fast food joints will intermingle with local mom-and-pop shops and junior high schools will be developed and landscapes will change. Maybe the group behind the Right Size Hine campaign will see some of their concerns addressed–I know that I don’t like the idea of shrinking the size of the flea market on the weekend– or maybe their concerns will fall on deaf ears. Only time will tell.
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