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Around Town: Nearby News of Note

December 12, 2016

There has been a lot going on in and around the community in the past week and a half. Following is some of the news you may have missed.

McMillan Sand Filtration Site.

McMillan Sand Filtration Site.

Development of McMillan – On Wednesday December 7th, Mayor Bowser broke ground at the McMillan Sand Filtration Plant, and the following day DC’s highest court blocked the development. While the court did not rule out taller buildings, it did say that the Zoning Commission must explain its reasons for weighing some factors of the Comprehensive Plan over others more fully. (Greater Greater Washington).

Gentrification in Park View – Colony Club owner Max Zuckerman spoke with a producer of the Kojo Nnamdi show about gentrification, the history behind Colony Club’s name, and his commitment to being a positive member of the community (WAMU)

Housing vs. Park Space – In addition to my brief notes from the Zoning hearings for the redevelopment of Park Morton,  Greater Greater Washington asks if creating new housing — most of it for low- and moderate-income residents — is worth giving up over an acre of temporary park space at the Bruce Monroe site (Greater Greater Washington).

Cocktails Under $10? – The Washington Post proclaims that Yes!, you can actually find good cocktails in D.C. for less than $10. Among their picks are Park View’s Union Drinkery and Petworth’s Ten Tigers Parlour (Washington Post).

Kangeroo Boxing Club Closing in January – Columbia Heights eatery Kangeroo Boxing Club opened in 2012. Now, it will be closing in January. But this isn’t the end — they will be working quickly to redevelop the space and plan to launch a new community focused bar and restaurant this summer (Borderstan).

Grimke Development Deal Hits a Snag – The District and Roadside Development have failed to reach an agreement to redevelop the historic Grimke School site at 1923 Vermont Ave. NW into a cultural center, offices, townhouses, and mixed-use apartment buildings (Washington City Paper).

 

Around Town: Nearby News of Note

September 30, 2016
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WMATA placed sandbags around the ventilation shafts at Georgia Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue to prevent flooding at the Georgia Avenue Station.

Evictions Headed for Nuisance Property on Rock Creek Church Road – Yesterday a judge ruled at landlord/tenant court that a writ of repossession be issued at 805 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, to rid the community of another drug nuisance property. The next step will be to serve the occupants with an order to vacate (Petworth News).

Woman Kidnapped from Petworth Bus Stop – A woman was kidnapped around 1 p.m. Tuesday  as she was waiting for a bus outside the Georgia Avenue Metro Station at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and Georgia Avenue. Two men forced her into a vehicle, asked her where she lived and then drove to her Hyattsville, Maryland residence where the suspects stole valuables and cash from the residence and then fled (NBC4, WTOP, WJLA).

Union Drinkery Now Open – The long anticipated Union Drinkery has opened at 3216 Georgia Avenue. From the same folks behind A&D in Shaw and Park View’s Small Fry, Union Drinkery is a self-described “no-frills neighborhood bar”  (Borderstan, New Columbia Heights)

Concerns Over Adams Morgan Hotel Project’s Hiring Requirements Has D.C. Officials Reviewing Tax Incentives – After a week of reviewing a hotel developer’s failure to date to hire residents for construction jobs under the terms of a $46 million tax break, D.C.’s finance officials are preparing to pull the benefit if the company doesn’t make up for its shortfalls in the near future (Washington City Paper).

Would Kiosks Aid in Keeping the Community Informed?

August 1, 2012

Mock up of information Kiosk at the Georgia Ave. Metro

Something I’ve struggled with over the past few years is how to effectively communicate with the community. While there are a good number of neighborhood listservs and blogs available, not everyone reads them. Moreover, there is still a significant digital divide in the community.

One solution I’ve adopted is a monthly newsletter that gets delivered to each household in single member district ANC1A08. The biggest drawbacks to this approach are the time required to deliver it and its inability to get the word out when something important comes up that needs immediate distribution.

The reworked streetscape on the east side of Georgia at Otis Place has a large sidewalk are that could support kiosk

While talking to a neighbor about this problem as it related to posting events at the Park View Recreation Center, it dawned on me that many universities addressed this question long ago by strategically placing kiosks around their campuses for flyers and announcements.

I got to wondering if such a solution could work here. I freely admit that there would need to be a plan to remove dated material from time to time. However, by providing a series of kiosks along a major corridor (such as Georgia) two benefits come to mind.

  • Community members would have centralized places to go if they wanted to check on area happenings; and,
  • Fewer posters or announcements would be pasted to street lights and utility boxes.

Kiosks certainly wouldn’t ensure that items posted on them are read. Nor is any approach to bridging the digital divide perfect. But judging by the number of posters, flyers, and announcements that are frequently pasted on anything and everything along Georgia Avenue, it seems to me that there must be a better and more attractive solution.

I’d love to hear what you think, especially if you have alternative ideas.

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