Anthony Lanier visits Cheh event

Photo by The Georgetown Dish
Elba Arrocha, Anthony Lanier, Mary Cheh, Spence Spencer, Mary Ann Floto
Elba Arrocha, Anthony Lanier, Mary Cheh, Spence Spencer, Mary Ann Floto

He's a hard-charging, multi-lingual real estate developer who has defeated opponents of every kind to pursue his development projects, mostly in Georgetown.

Sekou Biddle and Joel Cohn, office of the Tenant Advocate (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Sekou Biddle and Joel Cohn, office of the Tenant Advocate
She's a studious constitutional law professor who rides a bike and as a Councilmember has supported causes like animal rights and good government.

It's a perfect romantic comedy set-up, but in this case, a professional partnership could be a more riveting plotline for D.C. residents.

Anthony Lanier attended Councilmember Mary Cheh's constituent services fundraiser last week at Cactus Cantina, just up the road from his hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial and retail construction in Georgetown.

Could Lanier have designs (no pun intended) on Cleveland Park, Tenley, Friendship Heights?

Bill Alsup, Mary Cheh, Kathy Henderson, Tom McDonald (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Bill Alsup, Mary Cheh, Kathy Henderson, Tom McDonald
Or maybe he is just getting to know the Councilmember better after last week's Monday night massacre at the Wilson Building that stripped popular bike-and-bus-loving Tommy Wells of his chairmanship of the powerful transportation committee, turning that portfolio, along with environment and public works, over to Cheh.

Lanier has some transportation ideas of his own. 

Lanier has called M Street a "six-lane highway" running through Georgetown. "Who needs M St.? Nobody in Georgetown needs M St.," Lanier told the Georgetown Patch.

Anadel and Frank Rich (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Anadel and Frank Rich
The developer would like to see the main street closed to through-traffic to keep drivers from using it as a thoroughfare to downtown. "We should be like every other civilized city -- convert into a pedestrian-oriented environment," Lanier was quoted as saying.

Lanier is a fan of two-wheel transportation, too. Maybe they could start the conversation on a bicycle built for two. 

 

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Dave Roffman

Are you implying that Anthony Lanier is attempting to "buy" Councilwoman Mary Cheh?

Anonymous, Too

Not to put too fine a point on it, Joe Sternleib--the individual most responsible for Cheh's intial election to the Council--works for Anthony Lanier.

"Sternlieb is a developer whose career began as the committee clerk for Charlene Drew Jarvis on the Committee on Economic Development. He helped write the legislation that established Business Improvement Districts, moved from that position to become a senior official of the Downtown BID, and left the BID to enter development. His current company, EastBanc, is the sole-source beneficiary of the mayor’s and council’s “emergency” giveaway of the West End Library, fire station, and police office."

http://www.dcwatch.com/themail/2007/07-07-22.htm