by March 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm 2,664 1 Comment

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.


by March 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm 1,928 0

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.


by March 2, 2009 at 7:02 am 1,243 0

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) District 2B-04 is represented by Jack Jacobson. The district takes in a large swath of West Borderstan. (Image: ANC 2B Web site.)

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) District 2B-04 is represented by Jack Jacobson. The district takes in a large swath of West Borderstan. (Image: ANC 2B Web site.)

Borderstanians: The following invitation to meet Commissioner Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04, is from Jacobon’s February newsletter (PDF). Starting this Friday, March 6, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at Java House (1645 Q Street NW), Jacobson will host monthly coffee meet ups for his constituents.

Jacobson’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) District 04 includes a big swath of West Borderstan; the exact District 04 boundaries are from the north side of Q Street to the south side of S Street, and the west side of 15th Street to the east side of 17th Street. (The map of ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is here.)

Jacobson has provided a great deal of support to Borderstan Neighbors by serving as a public safety advocate and working with the MPD on Borderstan patrols. Moreover, Jacobson provides regular crime reports on his blog, Friends of Jack. He knows Borderstan: stop by and meet him if you have the chance.


by February 14, 2009 at 9:02 pm 1,021 0

With a little luck, Borderstan dog owners will have a second enclosed dog park nearby this spring. (The enclosed Shaw Dog Park at 11th and R NW has been open for several months.) The city broke ground on Tuesday to turn the triangle park at 17th-S-New Hampshire NW into an official park for dogs. In attendance were D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and ANC Commissioner Jack Jacobson (ANC 2B04). Jack Jacobson/Friends of Jack has the story. Dcist also has the story.

by February 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm 1,270 0

Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Cairo Liquor at the corner of 17th and Corcoran NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Here are two takes, two wrap-ups, two reviews… on the Monday night public meeting on 17th Street NW and the liquor license moratorium that expires at the end of March:

Note: ANC 2B Commissioner Jack Jacobson chaired the Monday night meeting on 17th Street. He represents district 4, which includes most of West Borderstan. From Jacobson’s posting on the meeting:

This will not be the only community meeting on the issue, and I was so excited that the dialogue was civil and constructive. In addition to other public meetings on the issue, I will be hosting my own meeting within my SMD to garner input from my constituents on 17th Street and the moratorium, and look forward to recieving community input from even more of you.

To make your voice heard on the 17th Street moratorium issue, please email comments to [email protected], and please include your full name and address, or your business name and address, when submitting testimony. The public comment period closes on February 11 at 7:00 p.m.

by January 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm 1,470 0


Dupont Circle ANC 2B is holding a public meeting Monday, February 2, to gain input on the 17th Street liquor license moratorium, which ends March 31. (Image: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Dupont Circle ANC 2B is hosting a community meeting to accept testimony and comments on the 17th Street “Dupont East” liquor moratorium on Monday, February 2, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church at 1500 16th Street NW.


by December 2, 2008 at 8:18 am 1,107 1 Comment


WJLA-7 did a news segment Monday night on armed robberies in Dupont Circle and on Borderstan’s 15th Street. Click image for story and video segment.

WJLA-Channel 7 did a segment on last night’s 11 p.m. news about the gun crimes/robberies on Borderstan’s 15th Street and around Dupont Circle: “Armed Robberies on the Rise Near Dupont Circle.” They sent a camerman and reporter to 15th and R NW and filmed “man on the street” interviews with passersby. The video is available online. (more…)

by November 25, 2008 at 7:53 am 1,125 0


Jack Jacobson (standing) moderated the November 13 Borderstan Neighbors public safety meeting at the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Borderstanians: The following recap of the November 13 Borderstan Neighbors public safety meeting was written by Jack Jacobson who moderated the meeting. He is the commissioner for ANC 2B-04, which represents a large chunk of West Borderstan. Jacobson assists Borderstan Neighbors, working with residents, police and city officials. – Matt

On Thursday, November 13, about 35 residents and community leaders gathered at the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church to follow up on an August 6 meeting about ongoing and growing crime in the Borderstan neighborhood. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans participated in the meeting as well (Borderstan Neighbors thank his staff for helping plan the meeting.)

Four Goals

The meeting was called to note progress on four main issues that the community requested at the August 6 meeting:

  1. Commitment from MPD for coordinated, regular, permanent Borderstan patrols on both the Police Service Area (PSA) 307 (East Borderstan) and PSA 208  (West Borderstan) sides of the border.
  2. Stepped up drug enforcement efforts in the entire Borderstan area, to include vice operations and plainclothes officers on an ongoing basis.
  3. To hold owners and management of the buildings on the 1400 block of R Street accountable for enforcement of laws and rules of Section 8 housing.
  4. Increased and institutionalized communication and coordination of initiatives between PSA 208 and 307.

Progress Review

It was obvious that there is still much work to be done by MPD and city officials to bring down crime in the neighborhood, and the community needs to continue to apply pressure to ensure that our repeated requests for action are answered.

Patrols. PSA 208 has kept routine patrols in the area, and has in face increased police presence in the Borderstan neighborhood. There are now four officers from PSA 208 assigned either full- or part-time to Borderstan. On the PSA 307 side, the Third District had assigned no permanent full or part time officers to Borderstan, though we were assured that several officers do patrol the neighborhood, none are dedicated to Borderstan.

Special Units. There have been several vice and crime suppression unit operations in Borderstan by both PSAs 208 and 307. They have achieved some degree of success, and we encouraged them to continue and for MPD to relay successes to us.

1400 R Street. The buildings on the 1400-block of R Street NW continue to be a source of crime in the area. The city has taken no action, and there seems to be no desire to address the problem forcefully, either on the part of city leadership or MPD. As one way to begin dealing with the problem, ANC Commissioner Jack Jacobson requested that MPD send information to Borderstan when criminals who live on the 1400-block of R Street NW are sentenced, so that residents could submit Victim Impact Statements to judges hearing those cases. This is one way to attack crime that the community can be involved with, and more information about that will be forthcoming on

Communication. Both the Second and Third District leadership at MPD admitted that they have not institutionalized communications between PSAs 208 and 307. Inspector Klein from the Secondd District gave his word that he would work to make these communications more routine and effective.

Moving Forward. There is obviously much work to be done, and as a community, we need to keep pressure on MPD and our elected officials to attack crime in our neighborhood and to forge better community partnerships and communications between the PSAs and community members.

Action Item: Residents Can Testify on D.C. Crime Bill

Councilmember Jack Evans invited Borderstan representatives to testify at a December 5 roundtable on the Omnibus Crime Bill ( “Omnibus Anti-Crime Amendment Act of 2008”, Bill 17-951). The roundtable will be at 12:00 pm in the 5th Floor Council Chambers; participants can contact Heidi Tseu at 202-724-8038 or at [email protected] to request to testify. If you are unable to attend but would like to submit testimony, please email testimony to Tseu and to [email protected] so we can ensure that she receives it.

Future Meetings

Borderstan Neighbors public safety meetings will need to continue in order to achieve success in our neighborhood. Borderstan is committed to holding our politicians and our police force accountable and will continue to press for positive action to bring down crime. Please check back for additional updates.

Holiday Season: Be Extra Careful

In the meantime, the holiday season always brings an upsurge in crime. Please be wary of holiday scams, and make sure you keep your home and car secure at all times. And most of all, help your neighbor by reporting suspicious activities and crimes in the neighborhood. It’s better to be safe then sorry.

by November 19, 2008 at 1:21 pm 0

borderstanmeeting111308The second Borderstan Neighbors public safety meeting was last Thursday, November 13. Representatives of the Second and Third police districts, Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) and ANC Commissioner Jack Jacobson (ANC2B-04) attended, along with about 35 Borderstanians. A recap of the meeting is coming this week.

by October 31, 2008 at 10:23 am 1,450 0

ANC 2B-09 district. (Image from Greater Greater Washington blog.)

ANC 2B-09 district is shaded light blue. (Image from Greater Greater Washington blog.)

Good morning, Borderstanians. Just four days to go until election day next Tuesday. D.C. city council races–particularly those two at-large seats–are getting plenty of coverage in the media and blogosphere. The presidential race is bringing us muchos television ads, thanks to Virginia’s status as a battleground state between McCain and Obama.

But, what about local races for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC)? (If you are unsure what ANCs do, click here.) Borderstan is split between three ANC districts, two in ANC 2B/Dupont Circle and one in ANC 2F/Logan Circle. None of the three incumbent commissioners representing Borderstan face opposition for the next two-year term. (Information at bottom of this posting on how to determine your ANC district and commissioner.)

Contested Race in ANC 2B-09

There is one neighboring ANC 2B district that is garnering a great deal of coverage–the ANC 2B-09 seat where incumbent Ramon Estrada is being challenged by Doug Rogers. Here are links to the two candidates’ Web sites and to some coverage of the race:

Borderstan ANC Districts and Commissioners

  • Borderstan’s boundaries are from P to S Streets and from 14th to 16th Streets NW (the center of Borderstan is 15th and Corcoran Streets NW).
  • ANC 2B-04: West Borderstan from the north side of Q Street to the south side of S Street is in District 04 and is represented by Jack Jacobson. He is running unopposed on November 4.
  • ANC 2B-05: West Borderstan from the south side of Q Street heading south is represented by incumbent Victor Wexler who is running unopposed on November 4.
  • ANC 2F-01: East Borderstan (east of 15th Street) is represented by incumbent Charles Reed, the commissioner for ANC 2F-01.
  • Map of ANC 2B districts.


by October 1, 2008 at 7:19 am 0

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle will hold its October 2008 meeting on Tuesday, October 7, at the DC Jewish Community Center, 16th at Q Streets NW. Starting time is 7 p.m. This is a change from the normal schedule: ANC 2B/Dupont Circle meetings are normally held on the second Wednesday of the month:

ANC 2B meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Jewish Community Center at 7 pm at the south east corner of 16th Street and Q Street. Enter from the Q Street side. Everyone must bring a photo ID to get into the building. There is an open forum at each meeting for discussion of issues not on the regular agenda.

If you would like to receive ANC meeting notices and other notices from ANC 2B by email, please send an email to [email protected].

West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is part of ANC 2B/Dupont Circle while East Borderstan is part of ANC 2F/Logan Circle.


  • ANC 2B Web site
  • Agendas/Minutes for ANC 2B
  • Victor Wexler (ANC 2B-05)
  • Jack Jacobson (ANC 2B-04)

by September 30, 2008 at 6:48 am 1,176 0

From Friends of Jack… the next monthly meeting of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is Monday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Universalist National Memorial Church, 16th and S Streets NW (northwest corner).

Don’t miss the upcoming DCCA Monthly Membership Meeting: “Notorious Scandals of Dupont Circle.”

  • Body parts blown onto rooftops in 1919!
  • Hope diamond purchase negotiations in a bedroom closet
  • Titanic survivor who lived on New Hampshire Avenue
  • The Holocaust hero who once lived on Corcoran Street
  • Bizarre Last Will & Testament of Robert Dyrenforth
  • And much more…

Where: Universalist National Memorial Church, 16th and S Streets NW (northwest corner)

When: Monday, October 6, 7:30pm

Wine, Cheese and Hors d’Oeuvres to Follow Meeting

Historian, Paul Williams has been researching Dupont Circle houses and their occupants for more than fifteen years. During that period he has uncovered everything from the mundane to the outright bizarre, with murders, sex scandals, exploitive divorces, and society curses! You may think that youths throwing eggs on Halloween night, public drunkenness and live music are more recent events, but Williams will present evidence of these scandalous and shocking events that have been happening in Dupont Circle for well more than 120 years!

Williams is a graduate in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams and Cornell University, and is currently serving as the Executive Director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets.

by September 27, 2008 at 10:10 am 1,218 0

Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04 commissioner (courtesy Friends of Jack blog).

Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04 commissioner (courtesy Friends of Jack blog).

Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04 commissioner, has a brief review of Wednesday night’s final review meeting of plans for the 17th Street NW streetscape. From Jack’s blog, Friends of Jack:


Last night, DDOT held a 5th community meeting on the redesign and redevelopment of 17th Street. Although the plans are not perfect, I think they represent a very good step in the right direction, and with the community input DDOT recieved last night, I think the final plans will be even better. For sidewalk treatment, the planners listened to the community and to the ANC and have proposed a sort of concrete sidewalk – in line with DDOT’s own rules and the historic nature of the district – along with brick “edging” to give the sidewalk better visual appeal.

Read entire post.


Jack Jacobson Contact Info

You live in Jack’s district, 04, if you live inside these boundaries: west side of 15th Street to east side of 17th Street and north side of Q Street to south side of S Street NW. If you have a question about ANC 2B issues or need help with constituent services, contact Jack at [email protected].


ANC 2B/Dupont Circle Info

  • Web site
  • Map (with district boundaries)

by September 4, 2008 at 9:21 pm 0

The “concept plans” for three real estate projects are on the agenda for review at the September meeting next Wednesday of ANC 2B/Dupont Circle14th & S, 14th & T, and 14th and U. Details and agenda are below.

ANC 2B is for West Borderstan — west of 15th Street. Your commissioners are Victor Wexler (south side of Q Street and south) and Jack Jacobson (north side of Q Street and north).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
DC Jewish Community Center, 16th at Q Streets NW

  • Call to Order and Introduction of Commissioners.
  • Public Testimony and Announcements (2 minutes per person; 10 minutes total).
  • Public Safety.
  • General.
  • Review of Concept Plans for Whitman Walker Project at 14th and S Streets NW (2B09).
  • Review of Revised Concept Plans for Utopia Project at 14th and U (2B09).
  • Presentation by Bike DC regarding a community bike ride through ANC2B on closed streets on September 27, 2008.
  • Review of concept plans for 1433 T Street NW.
  • Regulatory.
  • Request for stipulated license by Nando’s Chickenland, 1210 18th Street NW (2B06).
  • Presentation for a proposed sculpture in public space at 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW (2B07).
  • BZA Application for 1811 15th Street NW rear addition (2B09).
  • Administrative Matters, Commissioner and Committee Reports, and Unfinished/New Business.

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