Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Hospital And Whole Foods For St. Elizabeths? Where's My Sowfeest Pentagon?!

I thought the Department of Homeland Security was moving its main headquarters (Nick Fury, Captain America, heli-carrier and all) right into the East or West Campus of the old St. Elizabeth's sanitarium. I'm not talking about a satellite office, either, ..and not an annex sharing space with the Coast Guard.

Apparently, I was wrong.

I imagined this was going to look something like a second Pentagon, out here. For the last two or three years, I've been imagining what Congress Heights would look like, with slightly ominous military choppers buzzing around it, around the clock. I've been drooling with envy over the strong local police presence and consistently reliable public works commitment that I imagined would be the result of DHS setting up shop, there - of how that would become the new normal for a surrounding community with a fluctuating rate of daytime robberies, pod-snatchings and other troubles. Everyone here, between Anacostia proper and Capitol Hill, has been talking about Homeland's big, upcoming move, east-of-river, since the (now O/B) Big Chair Coffee first opened on MLK.

So, what happened? What's this about a Gateway Pavillion opening? Nobody I talk to, over here, is talking about that. When did it happen? Now, Mayor Vincent Gray is announcing a new hospital and Whole Foods Market coming? Where's my Sowfeest Pentagon, ..yo?

No one tells us anything in the Southeast Hills area.  Clearly, I'm walking in on the credits, here, and don't know what in Sam Hill's going on.

Read more about that in the 'Housing Complex' section of the Washington City Paper