Letter to the Editor: D.C. leaders deserve credit for acting on vacant property issue

The long-vacant Argentine-owned row house at 2136 R St. NW is one of many abandoned foreign missions in the Sheridan-Kalorama area. (Brian Kapur/The Current/June 2017)

In regard to The Current’s Sept. 6 article “Vacant embassies draw attention from Norton,” I agree that the District has a problem, given the U.S. Department of State’s failure to recognize that adequate housing is extremely rare here.

I hope that efforts to enlist the appropriate departments of the local government bears fruit. Kudos to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and to our D.C. Council members Phil Mendelson, Jack Evans, Mary Cheh and Brandon Todd for asking their hard questions.

Kudos also to Ellen Goldstein of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2D (Sheridan-Kalorama) for her longstanding efforts to reacquaint the State Department with its obligations to us.

Dorn C. McGrath Jr., Chevy Chase