The birth of DC’s neighborhood commissions

[Remarks at a conference in 2006] Sam Smith - Washington's advisory neighborhood commissions came out of a time that seems distant today, a time before 9/11, George Bush, the closing of DC's public hospital and the socio-ethnic cleansing of DC. Sure, we were still recovering from the riots, but the very word 'recover' - one … Continue reading The birth of DC’s neighborhood commissions

The hidden story of Washington’s subway system

From our overstocked archives. Washington’s Metro subway system is in big trouble for failure to maintain its physical structure. There’s talk of it having to close for six months or even close entirely in about ten years. In the DC Gazette, as the Progressive Review was then called, we raised serious questions about the system. … Continue reading The hidden story of Washington’s subway system

Bringing law and order to the community

 From our overstocked archives Sam Smith, 1975 - We are staggering under the budgetary load created by the great expansion of the police, courts and prisons in recent years. We are not only paying a high price but we are getting little more with our money than we had before. The conventional wisdom is that … Continue reading Bringing law and order to the community

Why smart growth isn’t as smart as it thinks it is

Sam Smith, 2009 - Liberals  hate tweaking things until they work right. That's why the Department of Housing & Urban Development ended up as a corrupt, ineffective monster. That's why affirmative action didn't turn out the way it should have. And that's why smart growth isn't going to be what its advocates think. I work … Continue reading Why smart growth isn’t as smart as it thinks it is