DC Redistricting Plan Proceeds

By Patrick Madden

WAMU DC

May 27, 2011

Once every decade, jurisdictions are required to redraw their political boundaries based on the latest census figures. Not surprisingly, the process can sometimes get messy, and the District is no exception.

When a hearing ends with Council member Marion Barry threatening to recite the alphabet, while other members are either trying to ignore him or cut his mic off, you know it's been a contentious meeting, even by District standards.

Such is the power of redistricting, a painful process for both residents and council members. Questions of racism and segregation were raised at Thursday's subcommittee hearing by some members. And Council member Jack Evans, who sits on the subcommittee, was accused of gerrymandering the map by Council member Tommy Wells.

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