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Find out Where the New Trees will be Planted this 2014/2015 Season

November 3, 2014

Do you like trees (and dislike empty tree boxes)? Then you may want to check out the 2014/2015 scheduled street tree planting locations on the map below.  While I previously included this map as part of the Summary of DDOT’s Ward 1 meeting last week, I know many in the neighborhood care about street trees and wanted to make sure they new about this years tree planting locations.

2015 Tree planting map(Click on image for citywide interactive map)

The tree planting map is interactive and identifies 6,400 proposed planting locations throughout the city as well as the 4,200 trees planted last year (indicated on the map as orange points). Clicking any of the planting locations will call-out the species name and the street address.

New Crosswalk Median Installed on Georgia Avenue

October 30, 2014

A new median was installed  on Georgia Avenue last week just south of the intersection with Newton. It is intended to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street at this intersection. I also understand that it has caused a little confusion for those driving south on Georgia as it required a slight lane change to accommodate the median. It appeared to me that new street markings still needed to be painted when I reviewed it over the weekend, though my inquiry to DDOT has not yet been answered.

Below are photos of what to expect.

IMG_7474(View of new crosswalk median from the northeast)

IMG_7466(View of new median from the southwest)

You Can Start Requesting Your 2015 Visitor Park Pass

October 3, 2014

Visitor Parking Pass flierAt the end of September, residents with visitor parking passes will have noticed that their 2014 passes expired at the end of the month, yet they hadn’t received their new passes. Like last year, DDOT has extended their use until December 31, 2014.

But unlike last year, if you want a new visitor parking pass for 2015, you have to go to the DDOT Web site and request a 2015 pass. According to the DDOT Web site ( eligible residents can now start pre-registering for their 2015 passes.

The August 22, 2014, DDOT press release explaining some of these changes is below:

DDOT Releases Proposed Rules to Revamp the Visitor Parking Pass Program

(Washington, DC)
 – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the publication of proposed rules that will modify the annual Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) program, and clarify the process for eligible households to receive, and use a 2015 visitor parking pass. The rules are open for a 30-day comment period, and DDOT welcomes comments on the proposed regulations.

The VPP program allows guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on residential blocks. The current 2014 passes, which would have expired on September 30, 2014, have been extended, and are valid until the end of the year. Starting January 1, 2015, DDOT proposes that the annual VPP be effective for a calendar year.

These proposed rules will require eligible households (within Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F) to register either online at, or by phone at (202) 671-2700 to receive an annual VPP. The revision to the program will help DDOT better manage the demands, and evaluate program needs going forward. Depending on the outcome of the comment period, DDOT anticipates opening up registration in late October 2014.

Additionally, the proposed rules clarify the privileges and restrictions of a VPP, that it provides temporary residential permit parking privileges to a vehicle, as long as that vehicle displays a valid pass on the driver’s side of the vehicle’s dashboard, and is used only within the ANC boundaries indicated on the pass.

“We appreciate that this has been a popular program in areas that use the passes,” said DDOT Acting Director Matthew Brown. “These regulations will enable us to streamline the program, expand the eligible recipients and improve the management of the program. We encourage the public to weigh in on the rules.”

To view or to comment on the proposed rules, please visit the following website:

Written comments may be sent to  Samuel D. Zimbabwe, Associate Director, District Department of Transportation, 55 M Street, S.E., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20003. However, comments sent to DDOT’s Public Space Policy Office, are encouraged.

Alley Behind DC Reynolds, Looking Glass Lounge Renovated

September 25, 2014
Re-bricked alley viewed south from Princeton Place.

Re-bricked alley viewed south from Princeton Place.

I’m very happy to see the alley between the 3600 blocks of Georgia and New Hampshire avenues has been renovated — and with new brick like the original alley.

Over the past several years we’ve seen an increasing number of alleys redone in the neighborhood. Considering the poor state of many alleys in Ward 1, overall we’ve been doing really good in Park View.

Another Neighborhood Alley Getting Rebuilt

September 8, 2014
Map showing location of alley being renovated.

Map showing location of alley being renovated.

The alley between the 3600 block of Georgia and the 3600 block of New Hampshire is in the process of being rebuilt (also between Otis Place and Princeton Place). I’ve provided a map to identify the area in question better.

This is the alley behind Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds. I’d brought it to the attention of DDOT some time ago as it was in serious need of repair. The alley is fairly long and quirky, and is also shared by the residents on New Hampshire, so its great that this one is being added to the list of alleys renovated in the past several years.

What I’m particularly pleased by is that it appears that DDOT is replacing the old brick alley with a new brick alley.

The photos below should give an idea of the work being done.

IMG_7235(Looking down the alley from Princeton Place)

IMG_7236(Alley as seen from Otis Place)

IMG_7312[1](Construction detail showing how the brick layer sits on an under-layer of concrete)

Do You Live on a Street With Few Trees and Have Room for One in Your Yard? Then Let’s Talk

August 12, 2014

tree plantingAs anyone who has walked around the neighborhood will have noticed, we have several blocks in Park View that just don’t have street trees. Over the last few years, I’ve done a good job of identifying dead trees, reporting empty tree boxes, and have requested over 70 new street trees to tree up our neighborhood streets. Still, some blocks, like the 400 blocks of Manor or Newton, much of Warder Street, or the 700 block of Newton, just don’t have public street tree space available.

But this doesn’t mean that these tree-challenged blocks are hopeless. In walking around these blocks, I’ve noticed that often times there is enough private property available that could support a new tree IF the homeowner is interested. I’ve also learned that both funding and labor is available to assist a homeowner with planting that tree.

If you’ve ever considered planting a tree on your property and have room for one or more trees, now is a great time to act.

As of now, there is still space in Casey Trees’ schedule for site visits/meetings this fall and tree planting services this coming spring (2015) for trees through the RiverSmart Homes Shade Tree Program.

The RiverSmart Homes Shade Tree Program is designed to reduce stormwater runoff and erosion on residential property in D.C. Through this program, homeowners can have shade trees planted on their property by Casey Trees for $50 per tree (The $50 per tree co-pay covers the home consultation, tree and planting. Payment for each tree must be received prior to scheduling the tree planting date).

There is no limit to the number of trees that can be planted on each property, provided space allows.

The RiverSmart Homes Shade Tree program is funded by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).

If you are interested in participating in this program for a tree this fall or next spring, check out the Casey Trees Web page that explains the process and provide the application form.

If you are interested in helping to bring trees to your block, but don’t have room for a tree yourself, contact me directly at to let me know. I’ve very interested in partnering with neighbors this year to help bring more trees to our hot, tree-challenged blocks.


Ward 1 Church and Community Summit Tonight at 7 p.m.

June 10, 2014

There is a community summit tonight for those interested in parking in Ward 1 among other things. In attending a pre-summit discussion, many local pastors will be in attendance and I know that church parking, in particular, tends to be a topic of much discussion. I don’t have much information beyond the flyer below … but it sounds like it could be an interesting event.

Ward 1 Church and Community Summit Flyer


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