D. C. Police Embedded With Developers to Control Behavior by Design
Friday, September 7, 2012
Unlike most areas of the country, Washington D.C. is experiencing a booming economy due to the massive growth of government, which is enriching a well-connected portion of the District’s employees. As cited by Gene Healy in his Washington Examiner article, Take Me Down to the Parasite City:
According to a Bloomberg report this is due in part to “massive defense contracts, ‘federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000,’ and ‘the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers,’ with ‘record-high lobbying expenditures.'”
As a result the city is set to get a $1.5 billion luxury facelift:
An upscale 50,000-square-foot grocery store is on the way.
Next up is a project called the Wharf, slated for 27 acres east of the 14th Street Bridge along Maine Avenue SW and Water Street near the Fish Market. Groundbreaking for the first phase is planned for spring; the ultimate aim is millions of square feet of buildings, 20 restaurants, three hotels, 500 boat slips, a concert hall and festival grounds. (Source)
While New York City has become famous as the test site of a militarized total surveillance city known as The Ring of Steel, Washington D.C. offers a prelude to the next level by announcing that police commanders will be part of designing architecture with a goal that crime reduction and behavior management is built into the very fabric of the construction itself.