Protected Bike Lanes Proposed for Park View – Meeting on June 12th

Posted June 9, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Bikes, DDOT, Transportation

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Over the past week, DDOT has done a great job of distributing door hangers in the Park View neighborhood to alert residents of a meeting on June 12th that will look at a proposal for protected bike lanes on Warder St. and Park Place. I’m very excited about this as I’ve advocated for a review and reworking of the bike lanes, and other street improvements, through ANC1A on these streets already (see resolutions from July 2015, April 2016, and January 2018).

While the focus of the meeting will be protected bike lanes, I see a tremendous opportunity here to address a variety of streetscape issues that impact walkability and traffic congestion as well.

The meeting will be at Raymond Recreation Center from 6-9 pm on June 12. More information is in the image below, or at https://www.dccycletrack.com/crosstown

 

Next Park View Cleanup Scheduled for Saturday, April 7th

Posted April 5, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Volunteerism

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Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold its next cleanup at 10 a.m., Saturday April 7 at the corner of Georgia and Newton.

This months community partner is Yoga Heights which will be giving a free class for the first 30 volunteers who donate 90 minutes of their time!

Immediately following, volunteers can mingle and enjoy good conversation in the neighborhood. This is Thrive’s latest community get-together, a great opportunity to connect with neighbors.

Thrive’s cleanups have been recognized by Mayor Bowser. “Your good work is key to keeping your community safer and stronger,” she wrote in a recent letter recognizing Georgia Avenue Thrive.

These cleanups are successful in large part due to the commitment of neighbors who come out every month to make Park View a cleaner place. This latest event should be no exception.

See flyer below for details.

ANC1A Kicking Off Committee to Focus on Parks & Public Spaces on Thursday, April 5th

Posted April 4, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Parks and Green spaces

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ANC1A is kicking off a new ad hoc committee focused on parks and public spaces on Thursday, April 5th, starting at 7 pm. The meeting will be held in the office of District Bridges which is located above Meridian Pint. The entrance is on 11th Street at the rear of Meridian Pint next to the Good Silver (3400 11th Street, NW).

This is an open meeting and all are invited and welcome to participate.

Over the past few years, ANC1A has received a growing number of concerns related to effective long-term management and vision as it relates to community parks and public spaces. The goal is for the committee to meet on a monthly basis, develop a comprehensive approach to long-term management and  growth of our public spaces, and make recommendations to ANC1A for action. Specifically, some of the focus areas of this committee will be to:

  • Identify community priorities related to public and community serving spaces;
  • Identify challenges to long-term maintenance;
  • Prioritize long-term improvements; and,
  • Bring all stakeholders together to better understand roles, responsibilities, and identify efforts already underway

Please share this information with others who may be interested.

Randy Griffin Named New 4th District Police Commander, Meet Him Tonight at the Park View UNC Meeting

Posted April 4, 2018 by Kent
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On Friday, March 30th, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fourth District announced a change in leadership that I’m very excited about. Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz was promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau and Third District Randy Griffin was promoted as the new Commander of the Fourth District. This is an excellent choice for the Fourth district and should serve Park View well. Personally, I have had a very productive working relationship with Commander Griffin over the past few years and he is well aware of the issues in Park View — in both the 3D and 4D areas. Furthermore, as he is coming from 3D, he already has an excellent working relationship with 3D Commander Emerman which is a huge advantage.

There is a good opportunity to meet Commander Griffin tonight at the Park View Recreation Center as he will be a guest at the Park View UNC meeting which begins at 7 pm. If you aren’t able to attend, I’m sure there will be additional opportunities soon.

According to Chief Newsham’s announcement:

Commander Griffin is no stranger to the Fourth District. He patrolled the streets there as a patrol officer from 2001-2007. In 2007, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Fifth District, and the Corporate Support Bureau’s Firearm Examination Section. In 2012, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as a Patrol Lieutenant. In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Third District where he honed his managerial skills. I have all the faith and confidence in his abilities to lead the Fourth District and mentor our future leaders. He truly embodies our motto, “We are here to help.”

Below is photo of Commander Griffin and 3D CAC Chair Camille McKenzie posted in 2017.

Below if the official MPD announcement:

Here’s Your Chance to Help the Georgia Avenue Main Street Thrive

Posted April 1, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Small Businesses

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The Lower Georgia Avenue Main Streets is currently conducting a survey to identify community priorities, creating an opportunity for residents to engage. The survey is open until April 4th and can be found via SurveyMonkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/765JZPB.

The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete. The purpose of the survey is to help the program better understand community priorities. Hard copies are available upon request. Everyone is encouraged to participate today and feel free to forward this invitation to others!

The Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street is a new community-based economic development program to support small businesses and neighborhoods along the Georgia Avenue corridor from Kansas Avenue to Barry Place. Georgia Ave Thrive partnered with District Bridges in applying for this grant, awarded Fall 2017 by DC’s Department of Small and Local Businesses.

More info is available on the District Bridges website at districtbridges.org.

What Kind of Washington Do You Want? March 29th Ward 1 Candidate Forum Focuses on the Comprehensive Plan

Posted March 28, 2018 by Kent
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The DC Grassroots Planning Coalition has partnered with other local organizations to organize a Ward 1 Candidate Forum for this Thursday, March 29th, beginning at 7 pm. The Forum will be at Busboys and Poets on 14th Street. It should be a good opportunity to learn more more about what the Comprehensive Plan is, how it impacts every neighborhood and resident, and why this election matters. More details about the forum can be found here.

Currently, the Office of Planning and the DC Council is in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan. I’ve been deeply engaged in these efforts beginning in 2017 when I submitted 64 amendments to the plan in the areas of:

  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Parks and Open Space
  • Arts & Culture
  • Historic Preservation
  • and many more.

Following the DC Council’s March 20th marathon 13+ hour hearing I also submitted written testimony, which all can read my testimony here.

 

I think this is an important time when we as a city need to figure out what kind of city we want to be. While the stakes are high and the challenges are great, I have confidence that we can get to where our city needs to be by working together.

Friends of the Soldiers Home Announces Sixth Annual Spring Fling

Posted March 25, 2018 by Kent
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According to the Fiends of the Soldiers Home Website, the 2018 Spring Fling will be on Saturday, May 5th. See flyer below.


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