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  • This has Friends of McMillan written all over it. It’s ironic that this racist organization would use that language considering McDuffie advocated, successfully, to end a century old problem of flooding in the Bloomingdale neighborhood. Peoples homes literally would flood after a half of Inch of rain. These NIMBYists are relentless but the media, appropriately, recognizes they do not speak for the community.

    • How is the Friends of McMillan group a “racist organization”?

    • The Friends of McMillan may be many things, but a racist organization? Um, no. The McMillian project should be scrutinized, whether you are pro-development or not, for the fraudulent way it was awarded. As a neighbor, I’d love to see it developed with an honest and transparent process, doubtful that will ever happen in this city and with this mayor. Mc Duffie is a disappointment to many–we expected a great force to represent Ward 5–and instead this is only a platform for his ambition. Not that ambition is a bad thing at all, but I think a lot of us who got behind him really believed he cared about Ward 5.

  • Jason,

    I agree about the NIMBYism and as a Bloomingdale resident each and every time I have tried to engage an anti-McMillian activist asking for any type of actual back up to their claims/concerns/outrage I have gotten nothing but mumbles and louder protests (including being accused of being a shill for the proponents…I actually want to learn about the issue). Agree with the McDuffie leadership on the flooding and as a homeowner there I will be forever grateful but this is simply McDuffie doing his job as a Councilmember.

    My beef with Councilman McDuffie is he always seems to be looking over the shoulder of another opportunity. He wants to run for an At-Large seat (which locks him as an eventual candidate for Mayor) though Ward 5 has it’s share of issues. From a horrible situation of one real bus serving most of Bloomingdale (and it sucks) to the yo-yoing crime rates in the Ward…I must admit I am underwhelmed by some of his actions and follow-thru…

  • Are they saying that the McMillan redevelopment would somehow create water shortage issues? Because I’m pretty sure that’s not true, considering how the sand filtration site has been inactive for years since it was replaced by the reservoir next door.

  • PLEASE BUILD MCMILLAN PARK ALREADY. Bloomingdale/Ledroit need services, such as a gym, a walkable grocery, somewhere to get a flippin hair cut. How about a coffee shop? The plans call for a 7 acre park. Is that not enough?

  • I’ve seen another poster of McDuffy and it was just like this one, except it said McRipoff. I asked the Friends of McMillan about it and they seemed to like it, but didn’t know anything more about it.

    As far as McMillan Park is concerned, every single opportunity the public has had the opportunity to provide input for, they have objected to the current plans. McDuffie doesn’t care that the people are opposed, he wants to get in good with the developers. In fact the District is paying for all of the predevelopment costs for this land. Tax payers will be out at least 60 million dollars to transfer 25 acres of historic parkland to a private developer. That alone is reason to stop this development.

    The water issue is that currently McMillian Park is an enormous green roof and sucks up rain water. When you build buildings and roads at McMillan Park, it will add thousands of new waste water producing units and pump that into the sewer system which will exasperate the flooding problem in Bloomingdale.

    One writer mentioned that Bloomingdale has one bus. The 80 bus is considered a priority corridor network and therefore any surplussed property is required to have 30% affordable housing, yet McMillan Park only has 20%.

    One wonders why the ANC was working directly with the developer to figure out ways to overcome the opposition to developing McMillan Park. One wonders why the developer hired (and the city paid for) a PR firm to create fake grass roots support for McMillan Park and quiet the opposition to the development.

    As far as the park is concerned, McMillan Park used to be 92 acres of park that the community could enjoy and which was the focus of the community. As the community became more and more African American the park was slowly closed until in 1952 the entire park was closed off. The former filtration site east of First St. is only 25 acres of that once much larger park. The community was told that the park would be significantly larger until the city awarded the contract to the developers without proper competition. It was at this point that the park got smaller and smaller to increase the developer’s profits. So, to answer the question, is a 7 acre park enough? No, it’s a 6.25 acre park and no it is not enough.

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