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Damaged and Missing Heritage Trail Signs Continue to Dot Community

February 24, 2019

 

The Heritage Trail sign at Georgia and Morton is loose and in need of repair.

Since 2015, I’ve continued to ask why we have Heritage Trails and Markers in our neighborhoods if DDOT has no funds or staff to keep them in good repair. In order to bring attention to this issue, in March 2018 I introduced a resolution that was unanimously passed by ANC1A urging the Mayor and DDOT to address this growing issue. At that time I listed four known heritage trail signs that were missing.

Today, I personally visited the four sites of the missing signs as well as a few others to see if any progress had been made over the past year. Sadly, the four signs are still missing. I’ve also noticed two more that are loose and in need of repair.

The signs in question are:

  • Sign #16: Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail. Damaged sign reported nearly 6 years ago, sign missing (Location: Georgia and Kenyon);
  • Sign #17: Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail. Sign is loose in base. (Location: Georgia and Morton);
  • Sign #4: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign missing for nearly 5 years, since at least May 2014 (Location: 14th and Monroe);
  • Sign #6: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign missing for nearly 2 ½ years, since at least November 2016 (Location: 13th and Monroe);
  • Sign #7: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign is loose in base. (Location: 11th and Kenyon); and,
  • Sign #17: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign missing for nearly 3 ½ years, since at least July 2015 (Location: 16th and Harvard).

Tomorrow, I’m signed up to testify before the Committee on Transportation & the Environment at the Council’s Performance Oversight Hearing. I’ll be adding the issue of the heritage trail signs to my list of items that I need to address.

(The sign at 14th and Monroe has been missing for nearly 4 years.)

Why Do We Have Heritage Trails if We Don’t Maintain Them?

January 27, 2015
The sign at 14th and Monroe streets has been missing for nearly a year.

The sign at 14th and Monroe streets has been missing for nearly a year.

An issue that has recently been brought to my attention is the inability of D.C. to maintain its heritage trails. These are the neighborhood trails that have large and small signs sprinkled throughout the neighborhoods that have been lucky enough to get them. I’m a big fan of them and would like to see more heritage trails added to the District. However, one question that needs to be answered is long term care and maintenance. Sure, graffiti removal is easy enough to take care of, but what about significant damage or, as in the case of the sign located at 14th Street and Monroe Street, when they go missing entirely?

The missing sign at 14th and Monroe streets was marker #4 in the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail and hasn’t been seen since the spring of 2014. As related to me, it was damaged by a storm, removed by DDOT, and has been represented by orange cones ever since.

The heritage trail program was one that the Historic Preservation Office provided some support to by serving in an advisory role, but it wasn’t a program that the preservation office ran or provided financial support to. The primary force behind creating them was Cultural Tourism DC, often with funding from DDOT. Today, neither Cultural Tourism nor DDOT seem to have the capacity or funding to maintain the trails. When I began reaching out to see how we could repair the marker at 14th and Monroe, I was encouraged to contact my councilmember and seek funds through that path — a suggestion I found odd.

Clearly, there is a problem here and I’ll bet the missing sign is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Rather than let this go, I’m going to dig in deeper and do an inventory of the state of our heritage trail signs. I’ll report those findings back when the survey is complete.

Google Oct 2011 CH Heritage Trail(The missing heritage trail sign, from Google taken October 2011)

Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail Officially Unveiled Tomorrow

October 14, 2011

For those interested in local history, tomorrow is the official launch of the Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail. The official unveiling is on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. on the front lawn of the Howard University Hospital, at 2041 Georgia Avenue, NW. After the formal program from 12 noon to 2 p.m., participants are invited to explore the trail on their own, or take a guided walk led by Working Group members. Though not a working group member, I will be leading a mini-tour starting at 1 p.m. at sign 16 (located at Kenyon and Georgia) that highlights some of the Park View neighborhood.

Additional details after the jump (more…)

Heritage Trail Signs Popping Up in the Neighborhood

September 28, 2011

Sign 18 located at Georgia Ave. and Park Rd.

People walking along Lower Georgia Avenue yesterday may have noticed that the signs for the Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail have begun to be installed. According to a post by Sylvia Robinson on the Columbia Heights Listserv, 11 out of the 19 signs for the trail were installed yesterday.

In Park View, signs 17 (Morton Street & Georgia) and 18 (Park Road & Georgia) have been installed. Sign 16 located at Kenyon — which is devoted to Park View — did not appear to be installed yet.

The pictures here are from sign 18 (right and below) and sign 19 (below) and focus on area grocery stores, the Tenth Precinct building, and the Soldiers’ Home.

The trail begins at 7th and S Streets and ends at Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues.  Again from the listserv announcement — “Save the date of Saturday October 15th at 11 a.m. for the official launch of the Trail on the grounds of Howard University Hospital.”

The very first Giant Food Supermarket, once located where the Spring Laundry is today, is among the items of interest on sign 18

Sign 19, located at Georgia and New Hampshire Aves.

South side of sign 19

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