ANC4C Votes to Support ANC1A Resolution to Add Park View to Metro Station
According to a couple of people that were able to attend the July 13, 2011, ANC 4C Meeting, the Commissioners took up the issue of ANC 1A’s Resolution Urging Renaming of Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro Station. With an unanimous vote (Commissioners Shanel Anthony and Jean Badalamenti being absent) the Commission voted to support the ANC 1A Resolution with the provision that Georgia Avenue remain in the main title.
Commissioner Joseph Martin stated it thusly in an email sent out shortly after the meeting:
“Voted in favor of a resolution to … change the name of the nearby Metro Station to Petworth/Park View with a reference to Georgia Avenue in the title.”
After WMATA released their July 7th press release stating that Metro riders preferred short distinctive station names, ANC 1A08 Commissioner Boese contacted the 4C Commissioners stating a clear preference for the neighborhood names taking top billing and having Georgia Avenue listed as the subheading rather than the other way around. The reasoning behind this preference was that residents frequently shorten the current station name to Petworth rather than Georgia Avenue now, and that Petworth/Park View is phonetically only four syllables, which puts it on par with other successful station names including Metro Center, Union Station, and Dupont Circle. ANC4C apparently did not agree.
As could be expected, discussion on the issue was passionate at times. One Park View resident I spoke with afterward relayed to me that several of the people who spoke out against the change were uninformed that Park View is a solid neighborhood located adjacent to the station. According to her, one gentleman expressed to her in a private conversation afterward that he couldn’t understand why Georgia Avenue would be removed from a sign and replaced by the street Park View. While some may have
Others viewed this as an attempt by Ward 1 residents to take something away from Ward 4, mostly people inferred that nobody knew where or what Park View was [updated].
What seemed to be lost on some is the benefit Ward 4 residents would receive by helping the entire area around the Metro station thrive economically. As part of the discussion, one Commissioner made reference to Columbia Heights being an unknown area of town prior to Metro illustrating the importance of Metro naming. Additionally, the long history Park View and Petworth have had in working together did not seem to be taken into account.
In doing a quick search, I was able to find the following early references to the two communities’ symbiotic relationship.
- In 1908, Park View and Petworth were two of the four founding members of the District Suburban [baseball] League. The other teams were Brightwood and Woodburn. The league lasted until 1914. It was reorganized in 1923 with Park View and Petworth again being founding members.
- In September 1911, the Petworth Citizens’ Association voted unanimously to aid the Park View neighborhood in their quest for a new school. At that time, many Park View children were taught in portable school rooms, the Petworth School, and the Monroe School. Ultimately Park View prevailed and the Park View School was built. Petworth was a notable participant in the October 1916 celebrations held at the school’s opening.
- On February 10, 1922, during a joint meeting of the Petworth and Park View Citizens’ Associations at the Park View School, the communities jointly endorsed approving a bill in Congress for designating Lincoln’s Birthday as a holiday.
- Park View’s 1927 fall carnival on the recreation center grounds included speeches by representatives of both Columbia Heights and Petworth. Both communities were also prominently features in the association parade.
- June 1933, Park View was one of 22 civic organizations urging the District Commissioners to support a 7-room addition to Roosevelt High School and build the Petworth Library.
The two most notable instances above are that Petworth helped Park View get their hard won school, and Park View worked hard to help Petworth get their new library.
In general, the next steps will be for ANC 4C to officially notify Metro and then for Metro to work with the communities on the name. In the end, as long both neighborhoods are equally represented in the station name this is a step in the right direction.Metro comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.