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Fundraiser for Climate Action at the Midlands on Friday, April 28th

April 21, 2017

In honor of Earth Day, volunteers are invited to help out with HotHotHot Fundraiser for Climate Action and Earthjustice, Friday, April 28, from 6-10 pm, at The Midlands Beer Garden (3333 Georgia Ave NW at Morton).

Contact Rachel at HotHotHotDC(at)gmail(dot)com if you are able to lend a hand with any of the following:

  • Recruiting or donating raffle and silent auction items,
  • Event set-up,
  • Tabling,
  • Clean-up.

Flyer and event details from the organizers are below:

Come hang out with fellow friends of the environment for drinks and activities in honor of Earthjustice the night before the People’s Climate March!

Local brews, live music, rally sign-making, and tons of great raffle items from local businesses and artisans will help you prep for Saturday’s activities!

Earthjustice is a nonprofit environmental law organization that uses the power of the law to fight for the earth and its inhabitants. They represent a diverse array of clients and coalition partners, from grassroots and community groups to large national organizations. Donations to Earthjustice allow them to represent their clients free of charge, so they can choose cases strategically rather than based on the client’s ability to pay. Earthjustice pursues three key goals: protecting our earth’s natural spaces and wildlife; fighting for healthy communities where children can breathe clean air, no matter where they live; and strengthening the rise of clean energy. If you can’t make the event, be sure to stop by their website to make a donation.

The Midlands Beer Garden is Park View’s new beer garden with a large indoor and outdoor space. They serve a wide selection of draft beers, host regular live shows, and have an adorable bar dog, AndyPants. For this event, Midlands is graciously donating the proceeds from select drinks directly to Earthjustice.

Be sure to join us all at the People’s Climate March in Downtown DC on April 29th. For more information about this historic event please visit:

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
–Yes, this will be a 21+ event.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
–Midlands is a short walk from the Columbia Heights or Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro stations. There are also Bikeshare stations at Columbia Road & Georgia Ave and New Hampshire Ave & Georgia Ave. There is street parking outside of of the beer garden for those who choose to drive. Midlands is wheelchair accessible.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
—Please shoot us an email at hothothotdc(at)gmail(dot)com

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
—No, but you so need to register on the Eventbrite! If a line forms at the bar, your name on the list will allow you to come right on in.

RiverSmart Bloomingdale Rebate Program Includes Much of Park View

August 20, 2015
Detail of Bloomingdale Sewershed map showing Park View area included.

Detail of Bloomingdale Sewershed map showing Park View area included.

I wanted to make sure that Park View residents were aware that much of the neighborhood falls within the Bloomingdale Sewershed, and thereby qualifies for Bloomingdale Sewershed Rebates. The program offers eligible residents located in the sewershed special incentives to reduce stormwater runoff. The goal of the program is to help prevent the severe flooding that the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods have experienced in recent years.

Rebates exist for impervious pavement removal, installing pervious pavers, and green roofs. The rebate program ends on September 21, 2015, so if you are interested you can read all about it and get the appropriate forms at the DOEE Bloomingdale Sewershed Rebate Webpage.

The Website states that this program is available for single-family homes, condominiums, co-ops, apartments, locally-owned businesses, and houses of worship within the Bloomingdale Sewershed area.

Summary of DDOT’s Ward 1 Projects Meeting

October 28, 2014
DDOT's Interim Director, Matthew Brown, answering community questions.

DDOT’s Interim Director, Matthew Brown, answering community questions.

The District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Ward 1 Projects Update meeting, held at the Columbia Heights Community Center on October 27, 2014, consisted of a broad rundown of the projects DDOT currently has in the pipeline for Ward 1. With DDOT’s Don Edwards acting as the facilitator, different DDOT staff members got up in turn to speak about their part of the presentation. Community questions were reserved for the end of the presentation.

The meeting began with an overview of the Transportation Development Process as a framework for the life cycle of a project. This was followed by an introduction to the goals and status of moveDC, DDOT’s long-term vision plan. The final moveDC document was released on October 21, and those wanting to review it can find both Part 1 and Part 2 available online.

For those interested in north-south transportation, DDOT stated that they are undertaking a transit priority planning study for 16th Street, which they hope to have under contract before the year is out, and which will take at least 12 months to complete after they are allowed to proceed.

The status of the north-south corridor street car wasn’t discussed in much depth either. It was noted that there were four possible north-south routes identified and that the next phase of the project is the environmental study. No reference was made with regards to funding. The main routes being considered in Ward 1 consist of Georgia Avenue vs. Sherman Avenue. One proposal has the route also on U Street to 14th Street.

The improvements to 15th Street will not only make the intersection with Forlida Avenue safer, but also include bioretention bumpouts and the creation of additional greenspace.

The improvements to 15th Street will not only make the intersection with Forlida Avenue safer, but also include bioretention bumpouts and the creation of additional greenspace.

Among the identified improvement projects that will be occurring soon in the Ward were:

  • The creation of dedicated bus lanes on Georgia Avenue between Barry Place and Florida Avenue;
  • Safety improvements on 15th Street, NW, in the vicinity of Florida Avenue, W Street, New Hampshire Avenue, and V Street;
  • Resurfacing and Streetscape improvements on 7th Street, NW, between N Street and Florida Avenue;
  • The reconstruction of U Street between Florida Avenue (west) and 14th Street, NW; and
  • The reconstruction of Florida Avenue between 9th/U Street and Barry Place, NW

During the discussion of traffic improvements one that will be of particular interest to residents on Monroe Street, NW, will be the addition of skip lines to the intersection of Monroe and 14th Street, NW. These are planned for the Spring of 2015 and intended to improve the interaction between the two-directional turn movements from Monroe Street — something residents on Monroe Street have been seeking for quite a while now.

The presentation on green infrastructure was interesting, where mention was made that more efforts are being made to create tree box spaces that will allow street trees more  room to grow by making larger earthen areas under adjoining sidewalks, giving street trees’ roots more room to grow.

I was both pleased and disappointed to learn that Ward 1 will only receive 300 new trees this planting season. This is because 97% of the known tree boxes are already planted. However, I pointed out during the later question and answer period that Park View has tree deserts that require long-term planning so that more tree areas can be considered during infrastructure improvement projects such as new sidewalks and bioretention bumpouts.

Tree planting map(Click on image to launch 2014/2015 tree planting map)

Lastly, in 2015, DDOT will continue their work of bringing sidewalks and crosswalks into ADA compliance. The majority of  the Ward 1 crosswalks that will be improved this fiscal year will be along 16th Street between Euclid Street and Spring Road, although I was happy to see that they will be redoing the crosswalk at New Hampshire Avenue and Rock Creek Church Road.

For a good sense of what was included in the meeting, I have scanned the presentation materials and made them assessable below.

DDOT 2014 Ward 1 Updates

If You’ve Ever Considered Getting a Rain Barrel, You Might Qualify for a Free One from DC Water

December 6, 2013

Below if a flyer I got in the mail that outlines a program, funded by DC Water, whereby they will pay for a rail barrel or cistern to help with storm water runnoff that has been flooding Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park. In looking at the map of the flyer, a large portion of the Park View area qualifies for the program. Clicking on the image below will get you to a larger version of the map so you can check to see if you live in the shaded area. For those that prefer text, if you live east of Warder, the northern border if Rock Creek Church Road; if you live between Georgia and Warder, the northern boundary is Park Road; and if you live between Georgia and New Hampshire, the northern boundary is Newton Place.

More information about rain barrels and cisterns can be found at the District Department of the Environment Web site.

rain barrel cistern program flyer(Click for larger, printable flyer)

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