A blog for the Bloomingdale neighborhood in Washington, DC.
> @BloomingdaleCA meeting: and the results are in -- 79 votes in support of #BloomingdaleDC historic district designation and 60 votes not in support @OPinDC
— Scott Roberts (@ScottRobertsDC) March 20, 2018
I thought they'd be bound by the neighborhood postcard vote, where historic designation did not have majority support. Don't much like the idea that an organization you must pay to join has more standing than a vote of the community. Seems like this is what the poll tax amendment to the Constitution was aimed at preventing, although I recognize our situation with a civic association is not the same.
It doesn’t cost to sit in the meetings and understand what is going on
The postcard results reflect a totally insignificant difference - about 40 votes out of approximately 3000 cards sent - with only 1/6th of all homeowners even responding. Scientifically these results are inconsequential at best and definitely not an accurate analysis of the community. Whereas at last night's BCA vote I would estimate about 80% of all members were present - mostly neighbors with an educated opinion on Historic Designation - whether for or against. These folks who live and care about the issues facing Bloomingdale showed up and voted. More importantly, the BCA is not bound by a questionable postcard survey, but exclusively by it's membership and their voice. And oh - the BCA's annual dues are $20 (or $10 for seniors), which is a really small price to pay for a homeowner genuinely invested in their community and it's future!
because I cannot attend BCA meetings doesn't mean I don't "live and care about issues facing Bloomingdale." That was pretty insulting but I accept that the BCA vote was taken by people who had, for the most part, carefully studied the issue to form their opinion.