If you think lobbying is the problem, check out the license plate: Taxation without Representation. This is an ironic snipe at the state of affairs for the district.  I encourage to read, as those in DC know damn well it is Congress stonewalling on many issues. The Congress still has the right, even after 1973, to overrule decisions made by the municipal government, which did not exist prior to that date! 
So, thank your elected officials. When people complain about their misfeasance, ineptitude, and inability to run just about anything, DC is a prime example of how they are incapable to run a city, even by delegation.