Shaw Main Streets won the building implement yesterday during “The Brickies,” which is now in its 10th year. The bricks honor neighbors, community organizations, businesses, public service and civic pride in NoMa, Shaw, the H Street corridor and other parts of Ward 6.
The Shaw group picked up the Community Organization Award for its work to boost economic development in the neighborhood, while preserving the area’s historic character, according to Allen. The Brickie came after Shaw Main Streets received national recognition as a “Great American Main Street” this year.
“As a nationally recognized Great American Main Street, their work to bring economic revitalization to the Shaw neighborhood after decades of disinvestment while honoring Shaw’s rich cultural heritage is an exceptional accomplishment,” Allen said in a statement. “Shaw Main Streets has been instrumental in making the Shaw neighborhood a vibrant, diverse, thriving place to dine, shop, live, and play.”
Alexander M. Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets, said the councilmember’s award is a “great recognition” of his organization’s work to protect longtime neighborhood residents and businesses, while expanding affordable housing and attracting new restaurants and shops.
“It’s that commitment to preserving our neighborhood’s heritage and diversity, while managing the changes that have made Shaw a cleaner, safer, more attractive place for longtime residents and businesses, new ones, and visitors that have earned Shaw Main Streets national awards, like the Great American Main Street Award, and local recognition, like the Brickie, in the same year,” Padro said in an email.
In addition to Shaw Main Streets, Brickie winners included:
- Nicky Cymrot, president of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and president emeritus of the Hill Center Board of Directors (Neighbor Award).
- The Pretzel Bakery (Business Award).
- Paul “South” Taylor, Department of Parks and Recreation King Greenleaf Recreation Center manager (Public Service Award).
- The Hill Rag (Civic Pride Award).
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