This commentary by LEDC’s Communications and Advocacy Director Ash Kosiewicz was aired yesterday morning on WAMU 88.5.
This is my story of hope for D.C. It doesn’t start with hope though. It starts with tragedy, but it ends with hope.
When I see the cuts in Mayor Vincent Gray’s budget, I realize the tragedy is bigger than the story of cuts to any one program. With its severe cuts to Health and Human Services and small business support, the mayor’s budget does not reflect the shared priorities of a lot of people in this city. They’re definitely not my priorities.
So what’s my story about? Picture this: Small, local businesses line streets in a community with mixed-income housing within walking distance. Business owners know their customers as neighbors, their employees live nearby, and residents and small businesses recognize their mutual stake in strengthening the community’s quality of life. People work hard and live in decent, affordable housing –- the type of community that celebrates what we have in common and the connection between thriving small businesses and stable housing.
To listen to the full commentary, click here.