This site was created in early 2016 by a small group of Hill residents who believe in this magical tree house, and our nation's capitol becoming friendly to backyard play areas as places
of wonder and discovery. Rather than paying lawyers to get the structure torn down in a city without a niche for play forts or tree houses in the DCMR, DDOT should work with DCRA and the Historic Preservation Office to update
the Code. Most of the other Metro area municipalities now thoughtfully regulate tree house construction.
At the conclusion of the January 2016 PSC meeting, we
were troubled by the sight of older neighbors who'd testified in favor of the tree house's destruction hugging, cheering and pumping fists in the air, with no objection from PSC members. They believed that they'd succeeded in getting the family's
construction permit revoked, portending the tree house's immediate destruction. WJLA Channel 7-ABC covered the neighbors' reaction:
The tree house is a harmless structure that City
should leave alone to end government waste in the campaign to destroy it. Because DDOT issued the family with a permit, then unlawfully revoked it, litigation could easily drag on until the Yee girls have outgrown their fort. It's time for
DDOT, perhaps the worst-run of the DC administrative agencies, to move on in favor of working to improve its weak permitting performance.