Archive for the ‘Kathy Patterson’ Category

Night of the Library Deadlock

“What's the urgency?” asked Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr. That was one of the many unanswered questions the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 5, when Barry's lame-duck colleague Kathy Patterson tried yet again—and failed yet again—to win D.C. Council approval for a plan to build a new central library on the old Convention Center site.
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Troubled Waters

In the John A. Wilson Building, when it rains, it pours—right into the office of Ward 3 Councilmember Kathy Patterson. The trouble began in June, when the heavy rains that left much of Washington flooded began seeping through the building's northeast corner, into and through Patterson's first-floor office, leaving a trail of peeling paint from [...]

Pandering Pays Off

In the race for D.C. Council Chair, it seemed that one candidate, Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray, had no chance of winning the enviro nod over Ward 3's Kathy Patterson. After all, Patterson authored legislation forcing CSX railway to divert toxic shipments through the heart of the city. Patterson's efforts spurred a lawsuit, a battle [...]

One Not for the Books

Mayor Tony Williams and his business-establishment allies want to build a new main library at New York Avenue and 10th Street NW on the old Convention Center site, and abandon the Martin Luther King Jr. Library at 901 G Street NW to an uncertain fate. They may very well get their way, but not because [...]

The Reviewing Stand

A damp and chilly Emancipation Day meant the big parade down Pennsylvania Avenue NW didn't turn out to be the crowded meet-and-greet event candidates and visibility-seeking politicos had hoped for. Parade participants outnumbered spectators, and most of the pols choose the cozy comfort of waving from an automobile over mixing with the nearly nonexistent crowds [...]

Trees of the Unknown Activists

On Saturday, Ward 8 activist Retta Gilliam would have turned 44. Instead, because of a tragic traffic accident last spring, a small crowd gathered in Anacostia Park to honor her memory, along with that of James Banks, another departed Ward 8 leader. Main Street Anacostia, the community group that organized the ceremony, has been planting [...]