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The lot that Georgetown currently owns is essentially worthless as a building lot. The terrain is unbuildable and makes vehicular access impossible. In addition, the zoning board has ruled that a boathouse at the proposed location must be restricted to Georgetown students and faculty, as it does not have the parking and access necessary for a building that is open to the general public.

So the NPS is proposing swapping a prime waterfront lot with one that is valueless, for a purpose that is required to exclude the general public. This is a major betrayal of their mission.

I'm probably going to be told all the reasons why I'm wrong, but I just can't get too worked up about the Georgetown boathouse proposal. I don't think it's a big problem, and, in fact, it may be a nice amenity.

Has anyone ever been to Boathouse Row in Philadelphia or seen the Charles in Boston? Comparatively, the Potomac is a garbage heap.

I think this boathouse would be a great addition to our riverfront.

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