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Unsolicited Advice for ANC 2B on "Real World: DC"


First, a reminder that the June meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle is tomorrow night, June 10. Same time, same place: 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center at 16th & Q NW.

Second, it is my understanding that a representative of the mayor’s office will be on hand to address concerns about MTV setting up shop to produce “The Real World: DC” in a house at 2000 S Street NW. Will there be an MTV rep or lawyer on hand as well? Don’t know.

Third—as a tax-paying resident of ANC 2B, thank you, very much—I would like to offer six pieces of unsolicited advice for ANC 2B:

 

  1. Please do pressure MTV to be a good neighbor during the production of Real World: DC. If I lived in the vicinity of 2000 S, I would demand it, too.
  2. MTV is here to make money. I know this may be offensive to some people in the neighborhood. But remember that some of our own citizens will probably make some hard-earned dollars in the process.
  3. The Real World is a silly show. Very silly, in fact. It is not “Frontline” on PBS, nor will Bill Moyers be involved with the production. We cannot do anything about that, much as we might like to force the producers to change their scripts.
  4. You will probably have to explain the concept of “voluntary agreements” to the MTV lawyers.
  5. Remember: We do not live in Hooterville.  Moreover (and yes, I am mixing sitcoms here), we cannot make Dupont Circle into a real-world version of the village in “To the Manor Born.” (Let’s not confuse 2000 S Street with Cricket House.) Living in a densely populated, large city involves some unpleasantness and requires compromises from time to time.
  6. Have you looked at the crime stats for our neighborhood and our city lately? We’ve got bigger things to worry about than a reality show setting up shop in our neighborhood. If DC does not manage to lower its crime rate, we won’t have to worry about silly reality TV shows in our midst: No one will want to come here.

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June 10: ANC 2B Monthly Meeting


ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

The June meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B / Dupont Circle is this coming Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center. Remember that West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is part of ANC 2B while East Borderstan is part of ANC 2F/Logan Circle.

Note that the commissioner for District 2 resigned and the seat will be filled at this meeting; this district is mostly northwest of Dupont Circle and also southeast of the circle. Election details are below the fold.

The Borderstan commissioners on ANC 2B are Victor Wexler-District 5 and Jack Jacobson-District 4.

Agenda follows.

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Behold, the Trashcan Gods Did Cometh


The Trashcan Gods have bestowed a second trashcan on 15th Street NW between P and U Streets. (Photo: Luis Gomez, Luis Gomez Photos.)

The Trashcan Gods have bestowed a second trashcan on 15th Street NW between P and U Streets. (Photo: Luis Gomez, Luis Gomez Photos.)

For the past six years, we’ve tried to get a couple of trashcans on 15th Street NW between P and U Streets. Since I moved to Borderstan more than 10 years ago, the volume of foot traffic has picked up substantially—a wonderful thing. The laws of urban living dictate that more people on the street mean more trash. Hence, the desire for a couple of trash cans on this stretch of 15th Street.

Soon after we began nagging the city, mainly Public Works, two trash cans appeared: one on the southwest corner of 15th and S NW and the other one at the northeast corner of 15th and R by the Presbyterian Church. Well, the one by the church was taken away after about two days. Over the years we worked with our ANC reps in ANC 2B, reps from the mayor’s office, filled out forms online… and so forth.

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May 13: ANC 2B Meets; Vacancy in District 2


ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

The May meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B / Dupont Circle is this coming Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center. Remember that West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is part of ANC 2B while East Borderstan is part of ANC 2F/Logan Circle.

Note that the commissioner for District 2 resigned and the seat will be filled in the near future; this district is mostly northwest of Dupont Circle and also southeast of the circle. The Borderstan commissioners on ANC 2B are Victor Wexler-District 5 and Jack Jacobson-District 4.

Agenda follows (plus a link to the PDF here).

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ANC 2B Sponsoring Servathon Team, May 2


Join the ANC 2B/Dupont Circle team for the Greater DC Cares Servathon 2009.

Join the ANC 2B/Dupont Circle team for the Greater DC Cares Servathon 2009. (Image: Greater DC Cares Web site.)

From Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle:

Hello, Dupont neighbors: Please join the Dupont Circle ANC for a day of community service in and around our neighborhood on Saturday, May 2. We have created a Dupont Circle Neighborhood team for the 2009 Servathon, hosted by Greater DC Cares. Through the Servathon, Greater DC Cares connects willing volunteers to much-needed community projects around the city and metro area. Please join our Servathon team by following this online link.
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ANC 2B Meets TUESDAY, April 7


ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

The regular monthly meeting of ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 7. This month’s meeting is on Tuesday because the DC Jewish Community Center is closed for Passover. Starting time is 7 p.m. and the agenda (PDF) is here.

West Borderstan (west of 15th Street NW) is in ANC 2B.

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ANC 2B Approves Limited Changes to 17th St. Moratorium


At its March 11 meeting, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle approved a committee report on the future of the 17th Street liquor license moratorium. (Read March 4 Borderstan posting here on the issue.) The vote was 9 to 0 by ANC 2B to approve the committee’s report. The city’s liquor license commission must sign off on the resolution; ANCs are advisory in nature only and do not make law.

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Lawson Resigns DCCA Presidency; Statement to Borderstan.com


Borderstan.com learned that Joel Lawson resigned over the weekend as president of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). John Hockensmith is currently serving as Acting President. What was noteworthy is that Lawson resigned at a time when DCCA is involved in the discussions with Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B and businesses over the 17th Street NW Liquor License Moratorium.

Borderstan.com asked Lawson to provide a statement regarding his resignation; it follows. An email query to Hockensmith regarding Lawson’s resignation has not been answered as of this time.

Note: If you are wondering, What’s this 17th Street-liquor-license-moratorium-brouhaha all about?… check out the links at the bottom of this posting (following Lawson’s statement) for more information.

Statement by Joel Lawson:

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ANC 2B Committee Report on 17th St. Liquor Licenses


The ANC 2B/Dupont Circle ad hoc committee on the Dupont East Liquor License Moratorium (also known as the 17th Street moratorium) has produced a draft report. The committee will present its recommendations to the full ANC on Wednesday, March 11, at the commission’s monthly meeting.

ANC 2B-04 Commission Jack Jacobonson chaired the special committee and he has details on the committee’s recommendations on his blog. The full post from Jacobson’s blog is also below.

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March 11: ANC 2B Takes Up 17th Street Liquor License Moratorium


ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

Well, if you plan to attend an ANC 2B/Dupont Circle meeting this year, I would pick the one next Wednesday. On the March 11 agenda are two notable items:

  1. “Report by the ad hoc Committee on the Dupont East Liquor Moratorium; consideration of proposed resolution on same.” This is the big kahuna and you canfind the committee’s recommendations here.The report presents the committee’s position on the 17th Street liquor license moratorium, which goes to the full ANC. This is a long and old story and I won’t go into the details here, but you can see Borderstan postings here and here. Long-time residents of the neighborhood will understand what the words “17th Street, liquor license moratorium, JRs Bar and Grille, DCCA and ANC 2B” all have in common. Note: ANC Commissioner Jack Jacobson (2B-04) has a posting on his Web site about the committee’s recommendation.
  2. “Presentation by DDOT on 18th Street Reconstruction project and announcement on 15th Street decision.” Probably nothing too exciting here, but it will be interesting to see if Borderstanians have anything to say about DDOT’s plan to put bicycle lanes on 15th Street NW while leaving traffic one-way north. See the Borderstan posting here.

The full agenda is below. Remember that West Borderstan is part of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle, while East Borderstan is in ANC 2F/Logan Circle. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q NW.

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