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Today the city council held its hearing on B17-0909, the bill that seeks to rename the portion of South Capitol Street that runs next to Nationals Park as "Taxation Without Representation Street, SE." Four witnesses testified in favor of the bill, although the support of three of them (DC's two shadow senators and the head of DCVote) was not exactly a surprise.
The city is using this as an alternate approach to getting the taxation-without-representation word out at the ballpark, after its attempt to install at the ballpark a toteboard showing much the city pays in taxes was thwarted by the Nationals (who have final say on all signage at the ballpark thanks to the stadium lease agreement).
It's expected that the bill will have its first vote in front of the council on Dec. 5 Dec. 2, with hopes that it can make it safely through the congressional oversight process in time to allow the signs to be posted by Opening Day. (Remember, not only do DC citizens not have a vote in Congress, their own legislation passed by their own elected representatives doesn't get to become law until after Congress has signed off.)
UPDATE: The Examiner covers the hearing, with some additional details, mainly that "unlike other symbolic road name designations [it] would actually change the address of all buildings along that three-block stretch of South Capitol." Tommy Wells is quoted as saying: "What we want is for that to be the stadium's address. [...] We want people to have to write it." Also, 1345 South Capitol's developer Camden Development submitted written testimony opposing this plan that would rename their block, saying that the name change will "negatively impact the residents of our building," cause "unnecessary confusion" and compromise "the spirit" of South Capitol.
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MJM says: (11/24/08 9:42 PM)
Time to turn DC back over to Maryland then. Or don't live here.


Ray-N-Rockville says: (11/25/08 8:58 AM)
Why can't the team simply change their address to One O St, SE if they rename S. Capitol. Seems the corner of the stadium where the offices are located is S. Cap and O St SE.


G St says: (11/25/08 9:27 AM)
Having solved that pesky crime problem....


sophia says: (11/25/08 9:29 AM)
I for one would love to live on that street. As for the "spirit" of South Capitol street, really?


Edna Wellthorpe says: (11/25/08 9:38 AM)
Well, if it is TWR St., *SE*, would it just be SE? In other words, would the west side of the street still be South Capitol Street, SW?


sophia says: (11/25/08 12:25 PM)
Good point, Edna. We should definitely come up with a complementary name for the SW side.


Dave of Penn Quarter says: (11/25/08 2:06 PM)
I was surprised that the Nationals did not at least file a written objection to the street name change. The cost of complying with this new law, assuming it is enforced by the District, would likely be significant.


BBC says: (11/26/08 2:13 AM)
It is fine to object to taxation without representation. I am one resident that is OK with the current system because 1) I moved here in 2001 knowing about this so I really don't have the right to complain and 2) DC gets a crazy amount of federal money ...plus free museums/zoo/monuments that people all over America are paying for but are only convenient to us. So, our tax money is really just coming back to us to a much greater extent than to people living anywhere else.

I however, strongly object to changing the name of any section of South Capitol Street. Subjecting others to live with the consequences because you want to make a political statement is wrong any way you look at it. I don't see the council members trying to change their own addresses.

And about that whole electronic billboard showing how much DC residents pay in taxes ...I am guessing that 1) Councilman Gray would not stand for one on his own house and 2) it would not have shown how much federal money gets pumped into this city.

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