On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM, Starchild wrote:
Some thoughts on the office space (1101 King Street, #160, Alexandria, VA 22314) that is being considered for purchase. I see two major issues:
• It is in Alexandria, not Washington D.C. or Arlington — Arvin Vohra and others familiar with the area have said being in Arlington would be far preferable to an Alexandria location in terms of attracting volunteers, working with other libertarian groups located in Arlington, etc.;
• We promised donors to the project that their money would be spent to buy a *building*, which would be named the “David F. Nolan Memorial Building” — not just office space in a building. I’ve seen nothing in this proposal to indicate that we would even have naming rights to the building as a whole.
The first point relates directly to our practical operational effectiveness, but the second point is actually the more critical one in my opinion, because we need to act with integrity and fulfill the promises we make to people when we ask them to give us their money. People are already calling this a “bait-and-switch”, and they have a valid point. If we go forward with this, it will undermine the confidence of donors and supporters in the party.
It’s good that the location appears to be in a high-pedestrian traffic area, and three blocks from a D.C. Metro stop. However being buried deep inside an office building where external signage is highly limited and we don’t get much more than a “plaque on the door” as someone mentioned, means that we won’t derive much benefit from the superficially high-visibility location.
From the photos listed here — http://paxrealestategroup.
In general, the space looks a little less sterile than our offices in the Watergate, although it does still have a “corporate office” feel to it. A marginal improvement. But will it be big enough to include areas that can function as community center and activist workspace type spaces? Storage? How many square feet is it compared with our current offices?
On the whole, I’m definitely not convinced this purchase is a good idea, at least not as a long-term proposition. If the plan is to occupy it temporarily to get out of the Watergate lease and then move again in the near future to an actual building we can name after David Nolan, that might not be unreasonable.
Love & Liberty,
((( starchild )))
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