Raze of 723 Morton Street Progressing

Posted September 8, 2017 by Kent
Categories: DCRA, Development

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The property at 723 Morton Street continues to be razed. Below are some recent photos showing the progress.

DCRA Works Quickly to Address Unsafe Retaining Wall

Posted September 7, 2017 by Kent
Categories: DCRA, Restoration repair and maintenance

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3540 Park Place, NW

With age and all the wet weather we’ve had this summer, the retaining wall at 3540 finally gave out and I was alerted to safety issues it created by blocking the sidewalk. I immediately contacted DCRA to alert them to this issue, especially as the property has been vacant for several years. In addition to needing to remove the stone from the sidewalk to restore pedestrian safety, I expressed additional concern that the earth behind the wall could continue to collapse onto the sidewalk if the wall wasn’t fixed.

I have to give DCRA credit for addressing this issue quickly. They visited the property yesterday and determined that the site shall be posted for immediate abatement. DCRA’s Abatement team is going today to remove the rocks, and are also proceeding with a contractor to secure the wall.

Wednesday’s Park View UNC Meeting Focuses on Vacant Properties, Public Safety, & More

Posted September 5, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community Meetings, Public Safety

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The September 6th Park View UNC meeting promises to be well worth attending. Below is the meeting announcement from the Park View listserv.

Please join the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition for our monthly meeting next Wednesday, September 6 from 7-8pm at the Park View Rec Center.

The main topic of our meeting will be vacant properties. We are honored to be joined by City Councilmember Elissa Silverman, who has championed a number of bills in recent years to address vacant property issues in the District. She will brief us on the problems that led her to work on this issue in the Council, and we’ll discuss how we can address vacant property issues in Park View.

We will also be joined by representatives from MPD to provide a monthly update on police activity in the neighborhood. We’ll also hear an update on the recent meeting of the UNC’s new Public Safety Working Group and the latest on the upcoming neighborhood block party.

Images from DDOT’s Library & Archives

Posted September 1, 2017 by Kent
Categories: DDOT, streetscape, Transportation

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A friend recently reminded me about the photos on the DDOT Library and Archives tumblr page. Overall, I found many of the images interesting, but only found a few from our area. DDOT has other photo pages as well, including DDOT Back in Time which may be of interest.

Park Road view west toward 14th Street, dated March 20, 1967.

14th Street just north of Park Road with view toward south, dated March 20, 1967.

Statistics Show Overall Crime in Park View Up

Posted August 31, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Crime, MPD, Public Safety

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Public Safety is something I take very seriously, and while much of the work I do is directly with MPD and individual neighbors, there are times when a more public approach needs to be taken if we truly want to have safe communities. A recent effort that I would encourage neighbors to participate in is with the Park View UNC which held a public safety working group meeting on Saturday August 26th. At this meeting neighbors began listing the public safety challenges that our community faces and started the process of identifying which agencies (i.e. MPD, DCRA, DOH, DDOT, etc.)  would need to be included to successfully address the community’s challenges. As an active participant in the meeting, I can report that it was one of the most productive meetings I have attended in some time. The next Park View UNC meeting will be at the rec center on Wednesday, September 6th, at 7 pm.

I do believe there is a lot neighbors can do to make their communities safer, especially if their elected representatives are working with them, supporting them, and helping to coordinate with all the people that are needed to solve the problems — both in the short- and long-term.

With all of this in mind, I regularly walk the neighborhood to report problems and look at the DC Crime Map to understand what the official statistics tell us about our community. Its a good way to report issues proactively and keep an eye on problem properties. In Park View, some of our challenges include vacant properties, entrenched drug dealing, and being split between the Third and Fourth Police Districts. Because of the latter I generally choose the location of 6th and Newton Place as an area close enough to the neighborhood boundaries to give me an idea of crime trends when using the Crime Map. Anyone can use the Crime Map to fine tune the data to their particular address.

In looking at 1,500 ft around 6th and Newton, for the past two month, the statistics show that crime is up by approximately 46% overall from the same period last year, with only thefts from autos and stolen autos going down. This, frankly, is unacceptable and leads me to some basic questions which include:

  1. Does our neighborhood have the number of beat patrol officers needed?
  2. How does the neighborhood being in two police districts impact the overall service?
  3. How are plain clothes officers being deployed in the community?, and,
  4. For deeply rooted social issues, do the behavior health people have the staff, resources, and authority to address addiction and homelessness issues? If not, will they ever?

In my opinion, the answer to these questions is an overall “No.” I believe PSA 409 could use more beat officers, the entire neighborhood should be in one Police District, and I would like to see a stronger relationship between our plain clothes officers and the community. Lastly, while I value the work of our government partners who focus on the social challenges in our neighborhoods, I don’t believe they are staffed at the levels they need or that they have the authority they need to really solve deep rooted problems.

I’ve included the chart below showing the crime stats for the last two months compared to the same period last year highlighting the areas with the largest jumps — those being robbery with gun, burglary, and theft. I’ve also included the map on where the incidents were recorded.

Freedom 5K and Family Day Coming to Soldiers’ Home

Posted August 30, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Sports leisure and entertainment

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I know many people are already beginning to think about the long Labor Day weekend, so here is something to look forward to when you get back!

From the Lincoln’s Cottage folks:

On Saturday, September 16th President Lincoln’s Cottage is hosting its fourth annual Freedom 5K at the Cottage. For one day only the grounds of the Old Soldiers’ home are open to the public to walk, jog, and run. It’s 250 acres of pastoral scenery, past fields, ponds, and old historic homes.

Here’s more information on the race: https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/register/59417db6-93f4-4ad0-92cc-421c5206f5f9

This year we’re combining our two fall events, the Freedom 5K and family day, into one full day called Homecoming. The Freedom 5K kicks off Homecoming (9am) and from 10am-3pm the grounds of President Lincoln’s Cottage welcomes families to enjoy a day full of FREE activities! The activities include:

  • Explore a Civil War Encampment: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln’s personal guards.
  • Pony Rides: It’s no secret Tad Lincoln loved keeping pets on the grounds. Ride a pony around Lincoln’s front lawn.
  • Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans, your family tree and create your own Lincoln top hat!
  • Picnic on the Grounds: Enjoy delicious food from our on-site vendors, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn.
  • Story hour, music & more!
  • Tour the Cottage: Take a guided tour of the Lincoln family’s seasonal retreat.

For more information: http://www.lincolncottage.org/homecoming/

For questions, email: info(at)lincolncottage.org

For 5K specific questions, email: freedom5K(at)lincolncottage.org

Next Community Clean Up Scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd

Posted August 29, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Volunteerism

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The next Georgia Avenue Thrive community cleanup will be this Saturday. Neighbors can gather at the corner of Georgia and Morton. Immediately following the cleanup, volunteers will gather at the Murray’s parking lot for free chips and dips from Cosi, plus free lemonade from our great neighbor Peter Fortner, who is also a Sotheby’s realtor. See the flyer below for details.


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