Comcast Boxes Slammed; Cable Giant Agrees to Listen

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E complained about the small utility boxes pop- ping up around Georgetown of late, and the installer Comcast was taken aback, thinking it had full approval for the boxes’ installation.

“This business is coming into our community and just making an aesthetic wreck of what we try to preserve in the historic district,” said commissioner Tom Birch of the small refrigera- tor-sized boxes on the sidewalks.

“We were not aware of additional require- ments,” said Aimee Metrick, spokesperson for Comcast , which has agreed to go through the design review process. Designs in public space are to be reviewed by the Old Georgetown Board, part of the Commission of Fine Arts.

“We’re hoping that this project will now go into the review process, as it should have in the first place,” Birch told the entertainment news site, TheWrap, which added, “Birch said a review would consider whether the boxes could be moved to rooftops or other alternative locations.”

“I’ve got a neighbor who has one right in front of his house now, and I don’t know what that’s going to do to real estate values,” Birch told the news site. “There’s some piece of street furniture out there that wasn’t there for the last 250 years.”

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