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Do You Enjoy Living in the Park Morton Neighborhood?

May 31, 2013
The Park Morton neighborhood in the 2013 WDCEP Neighborhood Profiles publication.

The Park Morton neighborhood in the 2013 WDCEP Neighborhood Profiles publication.

If you live within a half mile radius of 640 Morton Street, NW, the Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) thinks you live in the Park Morton neighborhood, at least according to their 2013 Neighborhood Profiles publication (see full listing here). Sadly, like last year, when it comes to the Park View community the Washington DC Economic Partnership again missed the mark and got everything wrong. Last year, when they released their 2012 profiles, they completely erased Park View from the publication. After meeting with the WDCEP folks last year, they corrected the mistake by including Park View in the Petworth/Park View listing since its focus area radiated out from the Georgia Avenue Metro station.

This year, WDCEP has again included Park View in the Petworth/Park View heading of that section … but the entire profile promoting the area only describes and highlights Petworth. It seems to me that its time for WDCEP to straighten this out once and for good. The Petworth neighborhood profile does not need to include Park View in the heading since nothing in the profile is about Park View … and as there is no such neighborhood as Park Morton, simply correct that heading to Park View and, as the profile does, promote the Park View neighborhood.

Washington, DC Economic Partnership Erases Park View from 2012 Neighborhood Profiles and Maps

February 24, 2012

Well here’s one for the record books. What started out as a harmless and possibly interesting Tweet by Councilmember Jack Evans turned into a very strange journey attempting to find out where our neighborhood had disappeared to. At 4:44 p.m. yesterday (Feb. 24), Councilmember Evans posted the following Tweet:As someone who is interested in what’s going on in the neighborhood I clicked the link. I was especially interested because the profiles are produced by the Washington, DC Economic Partnership which, according to their Web site, ” is your first point of contact for development and business opportunities in the District of Columbia. [They] partner with all parties, public and private, interested in making DC a great place to do business.” Or, in other words, they market DC to businesses around the country with the goal of bringing new businesses to the District.

2012 WDCEP Map for the Petworth/Park View area. Park View was removed whereas all other surrounding communities were added

So I was completely shocked when I went to the Web site, looked at the neighborhoods, and no longer saw Petworth/Park View. For some reason, in 2012 Park View was completely erased from the profile and map — even though all surrounding neighborhoods have now been added to the map for the very first time. While the 2009 profile and map had its issues, it was correctly labeled with both neighborhoods. Similarly, the 2011 profile was also correctly labeled.

The accuracy of the neighborhood profiles is important since they are used to attract new businesses. The target economic zone of the Petworth/Park View map is the area 1/2 mile around the Georgia Avenue Metro station. Yet with no mention of Park View in the text and the use of only photographs showing businesses in Petworth, this neighborhood profile is clearly biased toward attracting new businesses north of the Metro Station at the expense of development south of the station.

In contacting the Washington, DC Economic Partnership and explaining the problem I was quickly informed that the change was made due to a request made by Councilmember Muriel Bowser. When I questioned this the representative on the other end became less sure and stated they would look into it and get back to me. (See update below)

While the location of the text in the 2011 version could have been better, the entire target area was correctly represented

I assured them that I was happy to contact Councilmember Graham and have him give a call, at which point I was informed that the Washington, DC Economic Partnership is an apolitical organization. I quickly pointed out that an apolitical organization would not be removing facts or accurate details from a promotional brochure due to a request from a Councilmember.

Still, I did notice one ironic thing about the profile listing. When looking at the “Petworth” profile, I noticed that the associated URL still clearly includes Park View. See the following: http://wdcep.com/dc-profile/neighborhoods/petworthpark-view/

We’ll have to see how this shakes out, but from my point of view, the only correct course is to correct the information online and destroy any copies that may have been printed. You can voice your support of this action by contacting either Mr. Shuskey (WDCEP) or Councilmember Graham. Their contact information is below:

Chad Shuskey | Vice President, Research & Visual Communications
202.661.8674
Email Chad Shuskey

Councilmember Jim Graham
202.724.8181
Email Councilmember Graham

UPDATE (2/24/12 @ 8:50): According to WDCEP, the neighborhood names come from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. What would make them change what to call the corridor from past years is still a mystery.

UPDATE (2/24/12 @ 7 p.m.): In checking the Web site tonight — and after a phone conversation with WDCEP — the online profile for the half mile around the Metro has been changed to Petworth/Park View.

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Anticipated Green Line Report Declares Corridor Top-tier Location for Population Growth, Job Creation, and Investment

January 12, 2012

When I first moved to Washington in 1994, the one piece of advice that many, many people gave me was “Avoid the Green Line — there is nothing good on the Green Line.” My how but times have changed.

Today, the Capitol Riverfront BID released the report they commissioned from Robert Charles Lesser & Co. on the economic health and commercial viability of the neighborhoods served by the Green Line stations between and including Georgia Avenue/Petworth and Navy Yard. A read of either the summary report or the full (313 page) report is interesting.

As you read through either report, keep in mind that Petworth is used throughout as shorthand for the 1/4 area around the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro, so that data is inclusive of the Park View/Ward 1 area served by the station.

From the report:

THE GREEN LINE CORRIDOR

During the last decade, the District of Columbia re-emerged as the region’s growth driver. In fact, in 2012, the District had the highest population growth percentage in the nation. During this process, it reversed the historical trend
of lost market share of population and jobs to suburban competitors and has become a destination of choice not only for professionals but increasingly for the companies and organizations for which they work.

Regional real estate and economic observers have long pointed to property located along Metro’s Red Line in Northwest Washington and the Rosslyn-Ballston (R-B) Orange Line Corridor in Northern Virginia as successful investment and development corridors. Development locations and opportunities in these two corridors have been highly sought-after, garnering not only regional, but national, recognition. (more…)


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