Concerned PY has received a memo from the City Manager’s Office – they’ve asked us to share it with our readers as well, which we are happy to do in the interest of transparency – you can read it here.
There is only so much we can do as private citizens to shed light on the process that led to this decision. And though we will certainly continue to push there, we also call on the city to help us in that effort by releasing more records. You can start by reviewing and reconsidering the 704 pages of FOIA documents responsive to our initial request that were withheld in the name of a confidential procurement process that both the city and WMATA seem to be saying no longer needs to be confidential (or at least won’t for much longer).
Readers can view our full letter to the city regarding the inadequacy of its initial FOIA response here and we hope the city will see fit to respond to both that letter and the additional FOIA requests we have submitted this week quickly, completely, and without further costs to us.
More importantly though, we call on the city to start showing us real steps toward fixing the outcome.
- Addition of “meaningful south access” as one of the success principles guiding the metro project as a whole (the way both east and west access are included today)
- A commitment to south access that (1) opens along with the rest of the station and (2) maintains a sense of entry to the neighborhood
- A commitment to no more executive sessions regarding the Potomac Yard Metro project and real citizen transparency, openness, and dialogue at every remaining step.