DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced a number of new green alleys in the District on Wednesday, then briefly spoke to the issue foremost on many minds: the growing scandal around a “shadow campaign” that disregarded campaign finance laws to help him get elected.
Many commentators chuckled at the vanishing chance any coverage would focus on the green alleys. Many Washingtonians feel deeply betrayed, whether or not they supported Gray. This is a step backward for the District’s reputation, for efforts to promote honesty in government and for the hope of uniting a divided city, a platform Gray ran on and genuinely believed in.
However, let’s not shortchange those green alleys. They will last far longer, and ultimately make more of an impact on the lives of residents whose homes adjoin them, than this scandal or any political questions over who is mayor and for how long.
Continue reading in my latest op-ed in the Washington Post.