Archive for the ‘Streets and Trees’ category

2016-2017 Leaf Collection Dates Released

November 1, 2016

With fall upon us, DPW has released their 2016-2017 leaf collection guide (full guide here), which includes leaf collection facts and dates to have leaves out by. I’ve included the full Ward 1 map below. For Park View, the two key dates to remember are November 20th and December 18th. These are the two dates that leaves need to be placed in the tree spaces or sidewalks next to the curb for collection.

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Park View Community Tree Planting Nets 11 New Neighborhood Trees

October 25, 2016

tree planting(Casey Trees and volunteers planting two new oak trees on Park Road at Warder Place.)

After nearly a year of planning between Commissioner Boese, neighbors, and Casey Trees the community had a successful community tree planting on October 22nd that increased the area tree canopy with 11 new trees. The focus area on Saturday was between Warder and Park Place, from Lamont at the south to Newton Place on the north. All but two of the trees were planted in residents’ front yards, which in the focus area is where the original trees were located over a century ago.

Map showing the types and locations of the trees that were planted on October 22nd.

Map showing the types and locations of the trees that were planted on October 22nd.

Residents familiar with the community tree planting area will know that these streets have no street trees or room for tree boxes. Also, over the past few years some of the few remaining large trees have been cut down as a result of development. While not every property has a yard large enough for a tree, many do … and several residents have also planted new trees in the past few years which helps with restoring the tree canopy. Still, the central core of the neighborhood has a long way to go to tree it up to its original tree level.

Even with the 11 new trees just planted, there are still opportunities for new trees throughout the neighborhood, both east and west of Georgia Avenue. Moving forward, Casey Trees will continue to with Commissioner Boese and residents to identify additional opportunities for more trees.

Saturday’s Casey Trees Community Tree Planting was a great success even with the strong winds and low temperatures. It would not have been possible without the support of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s office, which supported the planting of two oak trees on the southwest corner of Park Road and Warder Street. The support of Colony Club (who supplied coffee) and Heat Da Spot Cafe (who provided a delicious lunch) were also greatly appreciated and helped with the event’s success.

Below are a few photos from the event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(Getting organized in the morning while enjoying coffee from Colony Club.)

img_1694(After a day of tree planting, enjoying a great lunch from Heat Da Spot.)

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Checking Out Park View’s New Alley Work

October 4, 2016

Back in April it was announced that two Park View alley’s would be repaved as part of Alleypalooza 3, the city’s annual push to repair local alleys across the city. The two alleys chosen were in the blocks bounded by Kenyon-Irving-Park Place-Warder and Warder-Park Rd-Park Place-Luray. The larger of the two is between Kenyon and Irving and began first. Currently, the narrow alley between Luray Place and Park Road is a little over half way complete.

Below are some photos of work being done on both sites.

Luray/Park Road Alley work

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Kenyon/Irving Alley work

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DDOT to Sod Tree Space Areas on 600 Block of Princeton

September 22, 2016

img_1485The 600 block of Princeton Place had a lot of sidewalk work done back in May that also tore up the tree space areas. Now, according to signs posted earlier this week, DDOT is prepared to undertake sodding of the tree spaces on Princeton.

In looking at the area between the sidewalk and the curbs on the block, the current state is dirt and weeds, so I’m pleased that DDOT will be restoring the area to what it was prior to their sidewalk replacement work.

img_1484(Section of 600 block of Princeton Place showing the weed-filled tree area.)

Snapshot of DDOT’s Crosstown Multimodal Study Recommendations

September 21, 2016

Last week I posted the highlights of the final Crosstown Multimodal Study Meeting, including some of the projects DDOT will be  recommending as part of that process. The full materials from the meeting have finally been posted online and are available for deeper review. However, I definitely wanted to highlight the Handout of the Recommended Projects, which indicates the broad range of projects, which mode they relate to, and how long it could take for implementation due to complexity. I’m also including them below for ease of access.

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Neighborhood Alleys Continue to Get Repaved

September 15, 2016

Back in April I shared that two more alleys in Park View would be repaved as part of Alleypalooza 3, the city’s annual push to repair local alleys across the city. Currently, the block bounded by Kenyon-Irving-Park Place-Warder is in the midst of having their alley repaved, and on or about Monday September 19 the alley bounded by Warder-Park Rd-Park Place-Luray will begin getting its alley replaced. Both alley will be replaced by brick.

Below are the before photos. I’ll post some after photos soon.

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Final Crosstown Study Offers Interesting Recommendations

September 14, 2016

Crosstown study(Final Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study attendees.)

The fourth and final Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study meeting was held last night at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus on 16th Street. At the meeting, DDOT representatives presented a list of recommendations based on the feedback from the previous meetings to improve all modes of transportation moving east/west between Columbia Heights and Brookland. The full set of presentation materials will be publicly available soon, but in advance of that I am sharing a few of the proposals that were presented that are relevant to the Ward 1 community. It is important to keep in mind that some proposals would require additional community engagement and be longer-term goals rather than immediate goals.

scrambleModified Barnes Dance in Columbia Heights —  One of the shorter term projects to be proposed is a modified Barnes Dance at the intersection of 14th and Irving streets. The project will require signal timing modifications and potentially a new signing and marking plan to accommodate new crossings at the intersection. DDOT recommends that the project be moved forward in 2017 with a duration anticipated to be 12 months.

Cycle Tracks and Dedicated Transit Lanes — A bi-directional cycle track is proposed for Kenyon Street between the hospital center and 14th Street. It has not been decided if the track would be on the north or south side of the street. This project could move forward as early as 2018 with a completion date a year after that.

A longer term proposal is to create dedicated bus lanes running westbound on Columbia Road and eastbound on Iriving Street as shown in the map below. These are longer-term efforts that could move forward around 2020 and require more than six years to complete.

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Reconfigure the Street Grid between Park View and McMillan Reservoir — One of the areas of greatest interest to Park View residents has been the reworking of the street grid at the southern end of the neighborhood near the hospital center. The configuration that is being proposed can be seen below. While there are some short term intersection improvements that could begin as early as 2018 in the area of Michigan Avenue and Hobart Place, the overall project to simplify the intersections within the existing road network would likely not move forward before 2021 with a duration around six years or more.

street-grid(Proposed street grid layout to the west of the hospital center.)


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