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Why Ward 1 Needs a 5th ANC Along Georgia Avenue


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The proposed five-ANC map, which creates a new ANC along the Georgia Avenue corridor. (Ward 1 Redistricting Task Force)

The following column is from Brianne K. Nadeau. She is a resident of Ward 1 and a former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, representing ANC 1B05 from 2007 to 2011. In June she wrote a column, Redistricting Process Offers Chance to Reunite 14th & U in Ward 1. We welcome similar columns — you can reach us at borderstan@gmail.com.

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From Brianne K. Nadeau

You may have heard about this redistricting thing happening all around the city right now; it happens every 10 years following the results of the U.S. Census. After the City Council redrew ward boundaries to bring each into line with population requirements, each ward began redrawing the boundaries of Single Member Districts (SMDs) within its Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

Note to data and map geeks: The New York Times has one of the best and easiest to use interactive Census maps out there.

Ward 1 has four Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs). ANC1B (which includes most of the U Street corridor) grew by 3,111 people. This is not surprising given the fact that Logan Circle and U Street have bore the brunt of DC’s population growth in the last decade. (ANC 2F/Logan Circle is faced with a similar task and must create two new SMDs, which will bring its total to eight.) On the other hand, ANCs 1A/Columbia Heights and 1C/Adams Morgan grew by less than 500 people each, and ANC1D/Mount Pleasant lost 1,541 people.

This means that we need to shift some things around. The guidelines for the size of each SMD should include a formula with percentages and deviations; essentially, each should aim for 2,000 people. Beyond that, a ward can have any number of ANCs.

A 5th ANC Good For Economic Development

The Ward 1 Redistricting Task Force, chaired by Alan Roth, is currently choosing between two different maps. One map would keep the existing four ANCs but play with the boundaries (this requires a Shutterfly account to view), and one creates a fifth ANC for the Georgia Avenue Corridor. On Monday, October 3, the Task Force will vote on one map.

My preference is a five-ANC configuration; Georgia Ave deserves the focus and resources that the other commercial corridors have benefited from. U Street is approaching a tipping point that requires community collaboration to help its commercial district continue to positively grow.

Ward lines need to be understood and drawn as the blueprint for the development of Ward 1 over the next 10 years. Now is the time and opportunity to give re-districting the attention it deserves and make sure that resources are allocated throughout each commercial corridor.

In the most recent iteration of the four-ANC configuration, ANC 1B would gain a seat in the U Street area. As a former chair to the U Street ANC,I can tell you that it is unwieldy enough to have 11 voices in the mix — let alone one more. It’s time-consuming enough to manage the bustling commercial districts of 14th and U Streets.

That’s not me whining about how much work ANCs have to do, boo hoo. That’s me recognizing that with all of the upcoming development on Georgia Avenue, it will be critical to give all parts of ANC1B its due and proper attention.

This is also not a commentary on the leadership in these areas. What I am saying is that if we can draw these boundaries to focus on each of the five distinct commercial districts, then we will be able to better serve our neighborhoods in the short term and the long term.

Commercial Corridors Important to SMDs

What hasn’t been discussed at the public meetings yet ― and hopefully is being hammered out by task force members as I write this — is how the SMDs will be drawn in the commercial districts. For example, 1B02, which is the heart of U Street, grew immensely and needs to be divided up. We can’t just look at population in this case. We need to review where the liquor establishments are, and which streets might make better boundaries than others.

The majority of licenses now are all in one SMD; this is not only an incredible burden for that Commissioner, but it’s also a raw deal for those being served by that Commissioner. I don’t have the answer to where those lines should be, but that conversation — and similar ones in other commercial districts — needs to be had. And the feedback needs to be taken very seriously.

My preference is for the creation of a fifth ANC in Ward 1. Barring that, I hope that the Commission will at least give careful consideration to how the commercial districts are divided among SMDs. The Ward 1 Task Force is required to submit its recommendation to the City Council the week of October 10 — let’s see whether they are willing to shake things up with a fifth ANC. I believe it would benefit everyone in Ward 1.

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Adams Morgan Day: DC Needs More Festivals


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September 11: Adams Morgan Day 2o11 on 18th Street NW. (Scott Leibowitz)

From Scott Leibowitz. Find him @Lebodome on Twitter or email him at scott@borderstan.com.

The 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival is coming up Saturday, September 24. It will run from P Street north to Riggs Place NW. Look for the Borderstan.com tent!

There are lots of different types of fairs, carnivals, and street celebrations in the life of a busy city, especially one such as Washington DC. Last weekend our small corner of Northwest DC was host to what I think is one of the most fun and easy going around; the 32nd Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival.

For a place that can be generalized by most DC residents as just a “strip of bars and pizza” (not sure if that’s a bad thing or not), Adams Morgan I like to think is one of the truer neighborhoods in the district. I use Mr. Rogers’ word here in the sense that a general continuity of both the businesses and the regular day people who live in a space where most idiot undergrads try to use their fake I.D.’s.

As I have mentioned before, I live right in the heart of 18th Street and from my window have seen things that I can’t publish on this site, but suffice to say they are more graphic than my four years in a fraternity. This festival is a great way for DC to enjoy the area in the sunlight and freely move around the streets and enjoy plenty of amenities, without the usual nonsense. Some highlights…

Carnival Food. People from Minnesota will always tell you, food tastes better on a stick. 18th Street NW was overwhelmed with BBQs, tasty drink stands, and my personal favorite; fried stands with funnel cake and other treats. It always shocks me how these types of food tents aren’t more common, I mean we could all use more fried plantains in our lives.

Feel Good Art. I am not the most cultured person but I enjoy my fair share of art. Adams Morgan brought together a great variety of local artists on a side street and their stuff was great. Some were friendlier than others but all were happy just to be sharing their art with their fellow residents. Special shout-out to Michael J. Auger, love the cow.

Free Stuff!! The world needs more of it. Companies like Mellow Mushroom and Bolt Bus had raffles. PNC Bank gave away pens. I just love free stuff.

The Whole Family Sure I am in my mid 20s, but I still love two stages of music and ski ball as much as the next 10 year old (maybe more).  There was a bouncy castle too but the line was a bit too long for me.

Overall, kudos to the people who put this one together. A great day of activities followed by one of the best and quickest cleanups I have ever seen on a city street. I overheard some grumbling from some local business people that actually most of it was done with people who don’t live around the area, but who cares. A great festival is a great festival.

Thought of the Week

Football season is here and I am always going back and forth with people on where is the best place to watch their team; their bed, couch, next door bar, huge sports bar, rooftop, etc. Over the next few weeks I hope to examine this issue quite scientifically so would love to hear some thoughts.

Where you do like to watch games and most importantly, why?

Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!

Breaking the glass ceiling, one sports video game at a time.

New Ben & Jerry’s flavor named after classic SNL skit “Schweddy Balls”.

Serena Williams lost in this year’s US Open final, and had this outburst.

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Thursday’s Photo: “Hosin’ It Down”


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“Hosin’ it Down” was taken by pnzr242 on 18th Street NW.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Hosin’ It Down,” was taken by pnzr242 on May 20, on 18th Street NW in front of Bourbon.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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Meet Bryan Weaver: The Non-Political Side of the Candidate


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Council candidate Bryan Weaver in front of the Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her on Twitter @MichLancaster.

After challenging incumbent Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in last year’s Democratic primary, Bryan Weaver is running for an At-Large Council seat in the April 26 special election. The seat opened up when Kwame Brown was elected Council Chairman; Sekou Biddle was temporarily appointed to the seat and is running for a full term. Since a number of Borderstan readers reside in Ward 1, we interviewed the two candidates who live in Ward 1, Patrick Mara and Weaver.

The profiles of Mara and Weaver are meant to provide readers with some insights into both candidates — with an emphasis on the personal as opposed to the political. Both Mara and Weaver are among the seven candidates scheduled to appear at Tuesday evening’s candidate forum at the Church of the Holy City, 16th and Corcoran Streets NW, at 6 pm.

Borderstan: When and why did you first move to D.C.? Where have you lived in D.C.?

Weaver: I moved to D.C. in 1991 to attend Howard University. One could argue that as a resident of Adams Morgan, I live on the border of the Borderstan area, but before moving to Adams Morgan with my wife, I lived in Columbia Heights and Pleasant Plains.

Borderstan: Favorite thing about living in the neighborhood? Least favorite?

Weaver: Diversity of people, diversity of businesses, the fact that it’s a total walkable community and there are some great places to eat. My least favorite thing would be losing some of the more unique businesses like HR-57, and that we’re still dealing with high rates of muggings and property crime.

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Update: Emily Hershenson Located by MPD


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Emily Hershenson has been missing since Monday morning, March 21. (Image from Help Find Emily Facebook Page)

From Michelle Lancaster

Wednesday morning update: The following information was posted around 2 am on Wednesday morning on the Find Emily page on Facebook: “Just got off the phone with Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)–Emily has been located! Details still coming in…” In addition, TBD.com reports that Hershenson was found around 1:30 am on the National Mall.

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On Tuesday news began to spread of a missing woman, Emily Hershenson, last seen in Adams Morgan on Monday morning, March 21. Mediabistro has some large photos and what is known at the moment. The Facebook page set up by her husband has even more info. The site, Missing Persons of America, also has information. The number to call with information is 202-680-4181.

Dcist and Washington City Paper also have stories about Hershenson’s disappearance. Her last known location was 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. According to her family, “She is a 33 years old, approximately 5′ 7″ and 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing jeans, a purple blouse, and a sweater. Her SmartTrip card was last used at Georgia Ave and W streets NW (near Howard Univ) at 12:42pm yesterday.”

Please take a minute to review the photos, information and your memory to see if you can help.

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Stuff You Might Have Missed: Holiday Tree in “Arts District”


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The holiday tree in the “DC Arts District” at the Reeves Municipal Center, 14th and U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Tree Lighting in Arts District

The coordinators of the Arts District branding project sent out email invitations last week to come to the “First Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony n the Arts District” at the Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets NW. Around 30 people, including Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) turned out for the 5 pm tree lighting. Andrea Doughty, one of the Arts District branding project coordinators, said that the final branding logos will be unveiled the week of December 20, and that the lamppost banners “are coming very very soon.” The banners were originally scheduled to have been up the first weekend of this month. (See Stuff You Might Have Missed: Arts District Update from December 6 and Wrap-up of Last Arts District Branding Public Meeting from November 10.)

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The invitation sent last week to Friday’s Holiday Tree lighting ceremony “in the Arts District” at 14th and U Streets NW contained a logo — but it’s not the final one. (Arts District branding project)

“Make liquor licenses collaborative, not adversarial”

Natalie Avery, former executive director of the MidCity Business Association, has a piece at Greater Greater Washington on how to make the liquor-license process in DC more collaborative and less adversarial. (Disclosure: Borderstan is a member of MCBA.) Borderstan’s Tom Hay has written extensively about Hank’s Oyster Bar and its desire to vacate its Voluntary Agreement and expand into the adjacent empty storefront. As Avery notes about Hank’s:

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17th St: Police Need Info on Adams Morgan Shooting


DC Police are looking for information about a shooting that occurred at 2:32 this morning (Sunday) in Adams Morgan. It happened in the 2400 block of 17th Street NW, which is between Kalorama Road and Euclid Street and very close to the Harris Teeter grocery store.

MPD Third District Commander Jacob Kishter says anyone with information is asked to contact MPD at 202-727-9099 or through the anonymous tip line at 1-888-919-CRIME or text to 50411.

Here is the Police Alert that went out at 2:47 am, with details on the two suspects, “S-1″ and “S-2.”

Police Alert-Shooting: Shooting 0232 hours  2500 2400 Block of 17th St NW, LOF: (2) B/M,  S-1: 6′, white tank shirt, blue jeans, dreads; S-2: all dark clothing    DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20100342621. Sent on: 06/27 02:47

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Weekend: Cultural Tourism’s Walking Tours


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“Before Harlem, There Was U Street” is one of this weekend’s guided walking tours. (Luis Gomez Photos)

 

Cultural Tourism DC’s WalkingTown and BikingTown summer events begin this weekend, May 22-23, and there are a number of events in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

Cultural Tourism DC promises that this weekend’s offerings will feature “over 100 free walking tours and 11 bike tours across all 8 wards in the city. Tours will be led by professional guides, community leaders and neighborhood residents who are volunteering their time and expertise to offer insights that make each tour uniquely interesting, informative and fun.”

Borderstan Area Tours

Be sure to go to Cultural Tourism DC’s website for complete information and details. Here is listing events in the neighborhood—and a few close by in Shaw and Adams Morgan.

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Sunday’s BowWow PowWow: Did Your Dog Go?


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Click on image to go to flickr slideshow: BowWow PowWow was yesterday in Adams Morgan, an event of the Adams Morgan MainStreets project. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out the slideshow on flickr of the fourth annual BowWow PowWow in Adams Morgan yesterday. The event was sponsored by the Adams Morgan MainStreet Group.

BowWow PowWow on flickr.

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3 Afternoon Robberies: 2 w/Gun in Borderstan, 1 w/Force in Adams Morgan


Three robberies this afternoon… two in Borderstan and one in Adams Morgan. Both robberies in Borderstan were with a gun and in the same area as a number of other armed robberies the past two weeks. The times were around 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“Yeesh” is about all I can say.

  • Police Alert-Robbery… Robbery Gun/1705hrs/1420 Swann St NW/B/M 35 YEARS OLD 5’6 5’7 WEARING BLACK SHIRT AND BLACK PANTS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090514366. Sent on: 09/15 17:16
  • Police Alert-Robbery… Robbery Force in the 2200blk of 18Th St. NW. 1607hrs. LOF a B/M, DARK BLUE OR GREY SWEAT HOODY,  30s, DARK COMPLEXTION, BLUE JEANS, 5’8 TO 5’9, 160LBS TO 180LBS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #i20090514248
  • Police Alert-Robbery… Robbery Gun in the 1300blk of S St. NW. 1352hrs. LOF 2 B/M WHITE SHIRT BLUE JEANS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090514043

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