by Borderstan.com October 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm 1,762 0

Single Member District 02 in ANC 1B is in the heart of the U Street area. (DC Citizen Atlas)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann

The special election for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seat in 1B02 will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Thurgood Marshall Center at 1816 12th Street NW. Voters must either present their voter ID card indicating that they live within 1B02 boundaries and/or be listed on the DC Board of Elections and Ethics voter registration list.

The ANC includes many blocks east of the intersection of 14th and U Streets, NW. Check the ANC map to see if you live within the boundaries of ANC 1B02. The candidates are Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling and Stanley Mayes.

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by Borderstan.com October 14, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,686 1 Comment

ANC 1B02 candidate Stanley Mayes. (photo from Mayes)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann

Borderstan is covering the October 19 special election to fill the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B’s vacant seat in Single Member District 1B02 (SMD). Today’s interview is with Stanley Mayes, who is one of two candidates seeking the 1B02 seat. The other candidate is Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling and her profile appeared yesterday.

The special election will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Thurgood Marshall Center at 1816 12th Street NW. Voters must either present their voter ID card indicating that they live within 1B02 boundaries and/or be listed on the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics voter registration list. The seat has been vacant since Commissioner Aaron Spencer resigned because he was moving out of the SMD.

 ANC 1B has 11 commissioners and covers a large geographic area. ANC 1B02 is in the heart of the U Street neighborhood and this district runs along U Street from 14th Street east to 9th Street, and from S Street on the south to as far north as Florida Avenue NW in some places. The size of the SMD will be reduced during the redistricting process currently underway due to heavy population growth.

ANC commissioners are elected from SMDs in the city’s 37 ANCs. While the number of commissioners in each ANC varies, each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents.

Borderstan: Please provide your name, age and a brief biography, including number of years residing in DC and your ANC district.

Mayes: Born in Washington, DC, in 1950, is a product of DC Public Schools and received a B. B. A. from Howard University, 1973. Mayes earned a M. A. in Public Policy Analysis from Rutgers University in 1979 and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark. He is a former executive with Mergentine/Perini General Contractors from 1981-1989, building Metro’s Green Line under U Street. In 1990, Mayes established The Mayes Group, a real estate investment business. Mr. Mayes’ professional experience includes banking and law. Presently, he consults on real estate and small business development, and is also the co-owner of Divine Shine, a leather care business on T Street that has been honored as “The Best New Business in Shaw” by the Shaw Main Streets Program.

Mayes is a third term elected Representative to the DC Democratic State Committee, from Ward One. He has served as Chairman of the United Planning Organization (UPO); Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B and the 14Th & U Streets Coalition. Mayes is currently President of the Urban Forest Council of Washington, D.C. and Chairman of the 3rd District Police Citizen Advisory Council. Mr. Mayes and his wife, Geraldine (Gerri), are proud parents of their daughters, Leslie and Evan and son, Justin.

Borderstan: How – and how often – would you reach out to constituents, both residential and business?

Mayes: My present plan is to host a bimonthly townhall meeting with distribution of invitations sent via door-to-door, electronic mail and social media. The importance of face-time cannot be overemphasized as in our fast paced lifestyles we as neighbors rarely come together to meet each other, discuss our views pro or con and increase our understanding of the vibrant and changing community in which we live and do business. I will visit businesses and establish an email account devoted to the business community for their needs and concerns.

Borderstan: What do you see as the most important three functions of an ANC commissioner, in order of priority?

Mayes: (1) Listening for issues in our community. (2) Communicating these matters to the residents and businesses. (3) Coordinating responses that effectively address issues as they arise.

Borderstan: What is your vision for the 14th & U corridor?

Mayes: In the past, I led the revitalization of the U street corridor from riot scarred to renewal. Not the challenge is to coordinate the changes in this community so that it has a balance between the needs of our diverse residents and their quality of life needs, the services they desire and continuing to advocate for a business community that presently is helping through tax revenues, to power city services in Ward one and city wide.

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by Borderstan.com October 13, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,064 0

Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, ANC 1B02, Borderstan

ANC 1B02 candidate Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling (photo from Lewin-Zwerdling)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann

Borderstan is covering the October 19 special election to fill the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B’s vacant seat in Single Member District 1B02 (SMD). Today’s interview is with Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, one of two candidates seeking the 1B02 seat. The other candidate is Stanley Mayes and his profile will appear tomorrow.

The special election is Wednesday, October 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Thurgood Marshall Center at 1816 12th Street NW. Voters must either present their voter ID card indicating that they live within 1B02 boundaries and/or be listed on the DC Board of Elections and Ethics voter registration list. The seat has been vacant since Commissioner Aaron Spencer resigned because he was moving out of the SMD.

 ANC 1B has 11 commissioners and covers a large geographic area. ANC 1B02 is in the heart of the U Street neighborhood and this district runs along U Street from 14th Street east to 9th Street, and from S Street on the south to as far north as Florida Avenue NW in some places. The size of the SMD will be reduced during the redistricting process currently underway due to heavy population growth.

ANC commissioners are elected from SMDs in the city’s 37 ANCs. Each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents.

Borderstan: Please provide your name, age and a brief biography, including number of years residing in DC and your ANC district.

Lewin-Zwerdling: My name is Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, and I’m 29 years old. My husband and I bought our home on Wallach Place last year and prior to that lived just outside 1B02 on Church Street closer to Logan Circle. I’ve lived in the DC for the past six years, with a stint back to New York to finish graduate school.

I work in public health, specifically food policy, and am committed to smart growth in the U St neighborhood. I am incredibly excited to represent the residents of 1B02 and to work with the other commissioners in 1B. I’ve been out canvassing and meeting residents since the 1B02 seat became vacant and have gotten a good sense of the many issues important to residents.  There’s a lot or work to be done, and if elected, I will take my role as commissioner very seriously.

Borderstan: How – and how often – would you reach out to constituents, both residential and business?

Lewin-Zwerdling: I currently, and will continue to, attend ANC and neighborhood meetings, and will establish an open monthly meeting for residents of 1B02. I will also maintain an email list and some type of blog to make sure my constituents can not only weigh in on what’s important but also be up-to-date on neighborhood events, changes, meeting minutes, etc.

If elected I will also reach out to constituents to determine what methods they prefer to get my updates. I will do the same for local businesses.  From that I hope to be able to connect with the 1B02 community and forge strong communication between and among residents and local businesses. Last, I will attend all relevant committee meetings to make sure constituents have an opportunity to weigh in about new developments, liquor licenses, etc.

Borderstan: What do you see as the most important three functions of an ANC commissioner, in order of priority?

Lewin-Zwerdling: (1) Transparency. I want to make sure the residents of 1B02 know when and how to weigh in on issues that may impact them now and in the future. With this comes an obligation for me to create strong and open lines of communication. (2) Safety. It’s incredibly important to make sure safety issues get addressed, and that a commissioner works with other elected officials, police, and first responders to ensure we create a safe community. (3) Smart Growth. I want to make sure local businesses in the area can thrive while creating a mutually beneficial outcome for both businesses and residents.

Borderstan: What is your vision for the 14th & U corridor?

Lewin-Zwerdling: As a public health professional, I am very interested in bringing a mix of restaurants and creating a safe, walkable community with businesses that add to the uniqueness of this neighborhood. I’d also like to create a community that feels empowered to communicate, weigh in, and help make decisions that ultimately help shape their backyard. If elected as commissioner, I’d expect my vision of the ‘gold standard’ ANC1B to develop over time to reflect what I’m hearing from residents, some of their concerns and challenges, as well as what they like about the neighborhood.”

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by Borderstan.com October 8, 2011 at 9:36 am 1,923 0

ANC 1B02, U Street NW, Borderstan, 2011 special election

Single Member District 02 in ANC 1B is in the heart of the U Street area. (DC Citizen Atlas)

From Tom Hay. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B announced an October 19 special election to fill the vacant seat in Single Member District (SMD) 1B02. The seat has been vacant since Commissioner Aaron Spencer resigned because he was moving out of the SMD. The western boundary of the district is 14th Street NW from S to V Streets.

The special election will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Thurgood Marshall Center at 1816 12th Street NW. Voters must either present their voter ID card indicating that they live within 1B02 boundaries and/or be listed on the DC Board of Elections and Ethics voter registration list.

Two candidates filed the required nominating petitions with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE): Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling and Stanley Mayes. Both are residents of Wallach Place NW, which is a block of single-family row houses just south of U Street. It is Lewin-Zwerdling’s first run for public office. Mayes participated in some of the candidate forums for the April 26 special election for the vacant At-Large seat on the DC Council, but withdrew before election day.

Spencer won the 1B02 seat in November 2010, defeating incumbent Peter Raia and another challenger, Tucker Gallagher. The winner of the special election will serve until January 2013. However, the district boundaries for the 2012 election will be much different.

SMD 02 has grown at a rapid rate due to additional residents in new buildings and will have to be split up to meet the population guidelines for SMDs (2,000 with an acceptable range of 1,900 to 2,100). The Ward 1 ANC Redistricting Task Force earlier this week sent a recommended map to the City Council. Under the proposed boundaries, a sizable chunk of SMD 02 would be split off to form a new 12th district. The proposed map is available online.

 


by Borderstan.com June 29, 2011 at 10:20 am 2,960 3 Comments

Click on the collage for more photos: Lost Society will open this Friday at the northeast corner of 14th and U Streets NW. (Alejandra Owens)

This post is by Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita or her food blog, One Bite At A Time.

Check out the preview photos of the Lost Society space and some of the dishes you’ll find on the menu.

14th Street. The city’s new restaurant mecca… or, at least wannabe mecca. While some are still only talking about opening a restaurant on 14th Street, others are actually doing it. Enter: Lost Society.

This three-floor, boutique steakhouse is designed to evoke “feelings of a Victorian underground scene.” Velvet curtains envelop dining booths, purple velvet couches are plush and deep and there’s the Victorian bust wall paper to round out the “rich and old” vibe without the more literal “ducks, wood panel walls and dark green paint” D.C.’s usual steakhouse gives you.

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by Borderstan.com June 1, 2011 at 9:21 am 2,294 9 Comments

Brianne Nadeau

Brianne Nadeau is a former ANC commissioner. She represented district 05 in ANC 1B.

Editor’s note: After the DC Council approves a new Ward map with boundaries based on the 2010 Census results, the city will begin redistricting Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs). The following letter/column is from Brianne K. Nadeau, former ANC commissioner for 1B05 and represents the opinion of Nadeau and her fellow signatories, not Borderstan.com. The letter was originally posted Monday on Nadeau’s blog. Borderstan.com welcomes similar columns of various and differing viewpoints — you can reach us at [email protected]

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From Brianne K. Nadeau

Tomorrow night [June 1], Commissioner Aaron Spencer [1B02] and I will offer this testimony on behalf of all those listed below.

June 1, 2011

To: Subcommittee Chairman Michael Brown
Re: Ward 1 Boundaries
Dear Chairman Brown,

We are writing today as representatives and residents of our Single Member Districts 1B02 and 1B05. Our districts are on the border of Ward 1, shared with ANC2B. As you know, during the last redistricting process in 2000, the southwest corner of 14th Street and U Street, NW corridor was removed from Ward 1 and placed into Ward 2. At the same time, Ward 1 held onto territory in Woodley Park that does not share the identity of the rest of the Ward. The ANC in Woodley Park that is a part of Ward 1 identifies itself so little with Ward 1 that it is actually called ANC3C.

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by Borderstan.com November 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm 3,431 1 Comment

Uptown Arts Overlay DC Government Arts District

Three potential names and four possible design schemes were unveiled Monday night at the fourth Arts District branding meeting. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

The first public look at the potential logos for the street banners and promotional materials of the Arts District were presented to few dozen attendees Monday night at the Long View Gallery on 9th Street NW. This is the home stretch for the marketing and branding project which hopes to give an identity to the Arts District centered around the 14th and U Streets corridor.

The first few public dialogues were peppered with some pointed questions from neighborhood artists and business owners who felt left out of the process. Monday night’s crowd was friendlier, but the number attending has dropped dramatically from the first standing room only event at Busboys & Poets.

The next meeting is Monday, Nov. 8 at 7:30pm at Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U St. NW.

Possible Names Announced

Feedback from the three public meetings and a professional intercept survey helped determine the three preliminary brands: Arts District, DC Arts District and Arts & Design District. Based on the survey the first two were deemed to be the most compelling and marketable brands. The survey targeted individuals from outside the neighborhood, since the goal is to draw new visitors to the area. Additional data is being collected before the final name is chosen.

Based on the survey, “Arts District” and “DC Arts District” were deemed to be the most compelling and marketable brands.

The Mid City name placed last in the survey question as to which name is most compelling.

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by Borderstan.com October 13, 2010 at 9:58 am 3,913 0

Uptown Arts Overlay DC Government

Uptown Arts Overlay is the official name given to the area by the DC Government. (DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs)

From Tom Hay

Last month Borderstan reported on the $200,000 grant awarded by the DC Neighborhood Investment Fund for branding and marketing of the DC Arts District centered around the 14th and U Streets corridors. In a series of three public meetings project leaders Andrea Doughty and Carol Felix presented the project goals and the time line for introducing brand concepts to the public.

Panelists presented their visions for the Arts District and the audience was encouraged to provide feedback after the presentations. We thought it would be time to bring you up to date on the status of the effort.

Street Graphics Competition

Next up is the street graphics competition, with deadlines for submissions due October 15. More details on the competition and meeting minutes from thee public sessions may be found at the DC Arts District blog. Street graphics would include light post banners, building facade banners, street tattoos and storefront signage.

Deadline for street graphics competition is Friday, Oct. 15. Three design concepts to be presented at Nov. 1 meeting at Longview Gallery.

The design elements would be installed by first week of December for the public kickoff to the branding campaign. An RFP has also been issued for banner production and installation. The budget for this portion of the project is approximately $75,000.

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by Borderstan.com September 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm 4,196 5 Comments

Mid City Arts Overlay District Borderstan

At the microphone: Carol Felix, lead branding coordinator for the arts district project, at Tuesday night’s townhall meeting at Busboys and Poets on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

Area residents, artists and business owners packed the Langston Room of Busboys and Poets Tuesday night for the first of three townhall discussions on branding and marketing the Arts District centered around the 14th and U Streets NW corridor.

Andrea Doughty, project leader and Carol Felix, lead branding coordinator, opened the public dialogue with an overview of the project. (See PDF map with proposed boundaries.)

Last year ANC 2F-Logan conducted a study to examine the zoning and economic development needs of the 14th, U and 7th Street NW corridors, collectively called the Uptown Arts District. Among the noteworthy findings of the study was the desire for more daytime foot traffic, to help struggling arts and retail establishments, and the need for a strong, visual brand at street level.

Neighborhood Investment Fund Grant

The only economic development program that the area qualifies for comes from the the District of Columbia’s Neighborhood Investment Fund (NIF), administered by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development.

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by Borderstan.com February 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm 1,694 0

14th & You (one of my favorite blogs for in-depth postings) has a post about The Gibson, a lounge at 2009 14th Street NW… with a link to the Washington Post review. I really shouldn’t post this because it sounds as if The Gibson is not crowded and an easy place to walk in and enjoy yourself. Once it gets popular, you can count me out.

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