EXCLUSIVE DETAILS YOU WON'T
FIND ANYWHERE ELSE!
This kind of thing happens sometimes, particularly with government stories. They will shut out a blogger like me, and give a corporate media outlet (or outlets) an exclusive. My guess is they think the coverage will be favorable, if the media outlet knows they'll get scoops in the future. I don't know why they didn't respond; that's just a guess on my part.
But when somebody disses me, I don't get discouraged; I get energized and work harder.
And that's how I got the exclusive details and links above. As you may have noticed, the details I uncovered are not quite as flattering to Glen Echo and NPS. I don't think they wanted you to know they tried to peddle our streetcar on Ebay!
Furthermore, the Gazette printed the NPS assertion that it would cost $100,000 to refurbish the streetcar. That sounds pretty exaggerated to me, considering the car's Ebay listing says the interior is 89% in good shape. And that it basically needs a rust treatment and paint job for display purposes. $100,000? Please.
Even worse, the Gazette didn't fact check the NPS claim that the agency had made "failed attempts to raise money" to keep the streetcar. I've been right here in Bethesda all along. If I had heard the word "streetcar," believe me, I would have noticed it! I challenge NPS to produce the local newspaper article(s) and/or advertisement(s) asking for donations to restore the trolley. I think we'll be waiting a good, long time for NPS to produce those. Forever, most likely.
It's pretty sad when a government agency funded by the taxpayer can't answer a highly relevant email from a taxpayer by the close of business. It says something about their regard for the public. And that's one of the reasons Glen Echo Park continues to be an underperforming resource, when it was - and could again be - a national treasure providing enjoyment for the masses.
What a statement, when NPS sells off a streetcar, when Glen Echo was created by and for the streetcar! It's absolutely absurd, and the public had a right to know. We the public owned that trolley, and we should be notified of its sale in advance. And once again, our elected officials failed to intervene, just as they have with the wacky choice for the new Bethesda Post Office.
The sale of this streetcar is the last straw in Glen Echo's long decline, as far as I'm concerned. This is a turning point, if we in the community can make our voices heard.