Opinion | Union Station refresh is only a lipstick for a pig | Jobi Cool

Relating to the Jan. 9 Metro article “Hope to revive hub shine”:

If Union Station officers are severe about making a fascinating vacation spot, they should tackle homelessness and panhandlers.

On January 2, I spent half an hour on the station ready for the prepare. On the time, I witnessed folks sleeping on benches within the ready room, lowering the seating space for precise company. I endured the stench of urine within the ready room. I watched the cleansing crews battle to maintain up with the mess the homeless left behind within the bogs. As I waited for my passenger on the concession stand, I used to be approached by a panhandler.

These experiences jogged my memory why I keep away from Union Station at any time when potential, and why I decrease my time there when avoiding isn’t an choice. Till the place ceases to be a de facto homeless shelter, this may proceed to be my coverage. The brand new paint in the principle corridor is lipstick on the proverbial pig. It will not tempt me to go to.

It is likely to be fascinating to see Union Station get new retail, however the true information is {that a} nationwide and native treasure that’s indispensable to many has been allowed to deteriorate and nobody has been held accountable. The place have been the Union Station Redevelopment Corp., Congress, the Nationwide Park Service, the New York Metropolis Belief and different elected and appointed public officers? The place is the details about the construction, position and funds of the USRC that might clarify the disastrous state of the station?

Like many, my husband and I journey between DC and New York on Amtrak: We dread arriving in DC, our hometown, and having to make use of the restrooms at Union Station. The distinction with the Moynihan Terminal in New York couldn’t be extra stark. Accountability and a clear marketing strategy could be place to begin to “restore” public belief together with this sanctuary.

Barbara Kraft, Washington

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