- - Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Columnist Deborah Simmons makes it clear she’s not a D.C. United fan (“Build a new D.C. soccer stadium, but they all can’t come?” Web, Sept. 29). It’s not clear what she is a fan of, other than supporting a regressive and outdated entitlement mentality.

The new stadium represents positive change in a neighborhood that has too long been accustomed to a blighted status quo. These residents are not victims. They now enjoy access to more jobs and more hope than they have in generations.

Ms. Simmons calls this “gentrification,” but I think it’s actually something much more threatening to her worldview: progress. As a “progressive,” one would hope she would commit to helping build and steer the train.



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