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Chris Otten, "Champion Disrupter of Development" by Washington Post.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Once, and perhaps future, UDC Law student Chris Otten, who had to leave school due to a medical condition several years back, was featured in a front page Washington Post article on May 17, 2017. The article, "Is this Champion Disrupter of D.C. Development a Crusader or an Extortionist," by Paul Schwartzman, chronicles some of Otten's many achievements as a DC community activist, while echoing a developer's negative description of him in it's headline.

The article reads like a written Rorschach Test.  Developers will fume and anti-gentrification activists will cheer:

"A law school dropout who subsists on food stamps and an $800 monthly stipend from Ralph Nader, Otten, 42, touts himself as a “citizen agent” who uses his knowledge of the municipal code to oppose development projects; one builder agreed to pay $2 million to halt his resistance."

Whatever you may think of his politics, he has clearly been effective.  According to former DC Bar President, Andrea Ferster:

“He’s got real skill identifying issues that are potentially reversible,” said lawyer Andrea Ferster, representing the McMillan project’s opponents. “What sets him apart from most activists is that he actually engages with the legal process.”  

Read the Post story HERE


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