U win, U lose: ANC doubts Univ. jobs claims

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George Washington University Hospital, an example of the expanding campus that now dominates the once-residential Foggy Bottom
George Washington University Hospital, an example of the expanding campus that now dominates the once-residential Foggy Bottom

The Foggy Bottom and West End Neighborhood ANC unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday in opposition to lifting the enrollment caps of local universities, Amy D'Onofrio of the George Washington Univ. Hatchet reports.

ANC Commissioner Asher Corson - a GW alumnus and president of the Foggy Bottom Association - offered the resolution to clarify the ANC's position on an issue that caused tension recently between GW and the community. He stressed that the resolution - directed at Mayor Vincent Gray, the D.C. Council, Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustment -was not only about GW's population caps set by its campus plan, but the caps of other D.C. universities too.

"This is not meant to be a resolution directed at GW, or as a slam at GW - this is to our city," Corson said. "This is to leaders and decision makers in the District of Columbia government asking them to maintain the protections that are in place."

Community leaders in Georgetown, Burleith, Glover Park, Foxhall, American University Park and elsewhere have opposed lifting enrollment caps, as reported in The Georgetown Dish.

At the ANC meeting, Corson -- a respected local leader -- said the ANC has "considerable doubt" that lifting population caps will increase jobs, the main reason the discussion of lifting caps arose in the first place. Instead, the ANC believes lifting caps would negatively affect the quality of life in the neighborhood, according to the resolution.

GW President Steven Knapp has said jobs were moving out of Washington due to the caps.

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