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New Park View Welcome Sign at Irving Street & Georgia Avenue

June 5, 2012

The corner of Irving and Georgia was graced with a new welcome sign on Monday, June 4, 2012

Motorists traveling east on Irving Street at the intersection of Georgia Avenue were greeted with a new welcome sign yesterday afternoon. This was the result of years of hard work and perseverance from the residents that live along the 400-600 blocks of Irving Street, NW. The new sign, and the soon-to-be-installed landscaping, were also made possible through funding from the Columbia Heights Shaw Family Collaborative and the American soft drink beverage companies.

Residents removed the old gateway sign and cleaned up the site in preparation of the new sign on Saturday, June 2nd

The process to replace the old sign was first brought before ANC 1A in June 2011, but due to confusion on neighborhood borders and identities it did not receive ANC approval until September 2011. This confusion was caused both by the inclusion of Columbia Heights, Park View, and Pleasant Plains on the previous sign as well as the District’s muddling of neighborhood names in their various databases (The District takes no official position on neighborhood names and borders, even though they frequently use such names in their documents).

It is a testament to the dedication of the Irving Street community to have seen this project through. The new sign is a true asset to the streetscape and something for everyone in the neighborhood to be proud of.  To all that made this sign a reality — Well Done!

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Irving Street Sign Closer to Replacement

September 16, 2011

The neighborhood gateway sign at Irving and Georgia Avenue dates to ca. 2006

The hard work and dedication of the Irving Street residents appears to have paid off in their efforts to replace the Irving Street gateway sign with a new, wrought-iron version that will say: “Welcome to Park View.” At the September 14, 2011, ANC 1A meeting the Commissioners voted five to three in favor of the their request.

For the past few years, the residents of the 400-600 blocks of Irving Street, NW, have been working hard to beautify and improve their community. They have been getting together to pick up trash on Saturdays and have been working with the City to get graffiti removed. They have even adopted a name, the Park View Beautification Crew.

One of the more ambitious projects that they have undertaken is to replace the neighborhood gateway sign located on the southeast corner of Irving Street and Georgia Avenue. The current sign has seen better days, having been a repeated victim of vandalism and abuse.  While most will agree that replacing it is a good thing, not everyone has agreed on what to replace it with — whether it be design or wording. (more…)


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