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Police Redistricting Schedule for January 2019, Will Unite Park View

October 24, 2018

According to a Tweet by Kevin Donahue, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, Police Chief Peter Newsham discussed the planned police district boundary changes that will go in effect in January with Mayor Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia at their breakfast on Tuesday, October 24th. In looking at the images Donahue shares, for Park View the area bordered by Columbia Road, Sherman Avenue, Park Place, and Park Road would move from the Third District to the Fourth District. See below.

Another big change is that Mount Pleasant would be moved from the Fourth District to the Third District.

You can see all the maps shared by Donahue at his Tweet below:



Police Redistricting Set for January 1st Implementation

December 15, 2011

Detail of the new Third District showing a smaller PSA 302

At the beginning of summer 2011 we learned that Washington’s 7 Police Districts were going to change. During the series of community meetings throughout the city Chief Lanier unveiled the new maps. In the Park View and Columbia Heights neighborhoods, we learned that everything north of Park Road/Monroe Street would move to the Fourth District and form a new Police Service Area (PSA).

Since summer, this issue has been largely silent and I’m willing to bet that most residents have forgotten about it — until now.

Based on the presentations by Chief Lanier earlier this year and conversations with Assistant Chief Groomes and Fourth District Commander Missouri, the new Fourth District will expand south to include the south side of Park Road to Sherman Avenue, and then Monroe Street west to 16th Street on January 1, 2012. The Substation at 750 Park Road will move to the Fourth District as well.

Most of the Third District officers currently policing the area will remain, although there will be a few reassignments. This is to capitalize on the strengths of the officers already patrolling the area.

Lastly, and something that I liked hearing, officers from the Fourth District have already begun to “unofficially” patrol their new Fourth District area. This is allowing them to get familiar with the community and the crime issues that currently exist.

You can see the new PSA 409 below, which is the area being transferred to the Fourth District. You can also access the realignment maps for all seven police districts here.

Soon to be PSA 409, formerly the northern half of PSA 302


Ward 1 ANC/SMD Task Force Recommends Four ANC Map as Primay Proposal

October 4, 2011

At the final Ward One Task Force for ANC/SMD Redistricting meeting held last night (10/3), the Task Force voted — with ten members for and one abstention —  to move forward with a 4 ANC Ward as the primary recommendation and a 5 ANC Ward as the alternative recommendation.

In the primary recommendation, the boundaries of ANC 1C and ANC 1D will remain unchanged. ANC 1D would change from 6 Single Member Districts (SMDs) to 5 SMDs. The primary change in the 4 ANC map is between ANC 1A and 1B, where four census blocks in the northwest corner of 1B would be transferred to 1A. The movement of these blocks unites Columbia Heights Village within a single ANC. This adjustment also makes both 1A and 1B twelve SMD commissions. See the map below:

The recommended 4 ANC map (1A section) showing the proposed SMDs

ANC 1C and 1D also remain stable in the 5 ANC map the Task Force ultimately put forward as the alternate proposal. In that map everything east of New Hampshire and Sherman Avenues is separated from 1A and 1B to create a new, Georgia Avenue focused ANC. The border between 1A and 1B is additionally readjusted with the new border between them moved south to Girard Street.

All in all, the Task Force meeting was fairly straight forward with few twists and turns. All that is left if for the Task Force chair, Alan Roth, to write up the report and send it to the Council by next week.


Ward 1 ANC Redistricting Inches Forward

September 23, 2011

Ward 1 Map with census numbers on census blocks and Single Member Districts. Click on Map for large version

Last night (9/22), Ward 1 ANC/SMD Redistricting Task Force Chairman Alan Roth officially opened the additional meeting on the subject at 6:46 p.m. to a sparsely attended room. At that time, only six of the eleven task force members were present, but eventually that number rose to eight.

At the start of the meeting, each community member that had proposed a version of a redistricted map was given an opportunity to present that map. This gave the floor in turn to Commissioner Kent Boese (1A08), Commissioner Tony Norman (1B10), and a proposal for Adams Morgan (1C) by residents Ted Guthrie, Denis James, and Peter Lyden.

Not surprisingly, Boese emphasized the importance of keeping the Park View community in 1A, or at least associated with Columbia Heights, citing natural community affinities. Norman showed the other Task Force members a map of a redistricted 1B (although copies of the map were never mad available to the assembly) in which three census blocks in northwestern 1B were removed with no clear reassignment. Later in the evening, Boese pressed Norman on if members of 1B had actually gone through the exercise of redistricting the entire Ward to see if their map would work. Norman replied that they had done all of the ANCs but were still working on 1A where the were having problems.

The Adams Morgan proposal essentially kept Adams Morgan as is with very minor changes. Community members there feel that 16th Street is a very real border. This view was not shared with resident Steve Mudd who expressed the fluidity of 16th Street between Fuller Street and Spring Road, with the community moving back and forth across the thoroughfare.

At this point, and to keep the Task Force moving forward, Chairman Roth set down some objectives that he referred to as Redistricting Reality. He gave direction that the Task Force should move forward with them in mind. There are as follows:

  • The primary plan should be a four (4) ANC plan and the focus should be there;
  • He does not believe there is overwhelming support for 1B to grow to 13 SMDs;
  • It would not be possible to keep the overall ANC borders exactly as they are, there would have to be some changes;
  • He did not believe that a majority of the Task Force would support ANC 1D growing to 9 SMDs, or possibly even 7 SMDs;
  • After reviewing the many laws governing redistricting, while some of them may not seem logical, the Task Force was going to abide by the law; and,
  • That the notion of neighborhood boundaries being fixed is absurd.

Roth continued that it was time for the Task Force to get real. In his judgement, there were areas that could go either way with which ANC an SMD belong to … which not surprisingly are located along the edges of  our current ANCs. Roth also stated that it was not legal to redistrict with the intent of putting a segment of the population in a single SMD — such as drawing lines with the goal of putting local military personnel or university students in one SMD.

Following this, Task Force member Commissioner Thomas Boisvert (1A07) distributed his roadmap for moving forward. In it he argued that the Task Force needed to establish overall boundaries for the ANCs and then break out into smaller groups to come up with the SMDs. Boisvert expressed that his method would work for both a four or five ANC solution.

Task Force member Shelore Williams, while agreeing with Boisvert and supporting a four ANC solution, wanted a five ANC plan in the mix when the recommendation is submitted to Councilmember Graham. Williams justification for this approach is based in the support that exists for the five ANC plan in some communities, and that she contends that the Councilmember should be given the opportunity to review both approaches.

What was most encouraging to observers is that from this point the Task Force members actually got down to brass tacks and appeared to make some progress. Using the maps shared at previous meetings, the Task Force began to work together to come up with the general ANC borders. From their notes (for both a four and five ANC solution) they will attempt to create new general maps by their next meeting scheduled for Tuesday September 27 6:30 pm at the Columbia Heights Youth Club, 1480 Girard Street, NW. At that meeting the public will have another opportunity to review the Task Force’s progress, proposals, and comment.


Ward 1 ANC Redistricting Task Force Issues First Drafts

September 6, 2011

Over the Labor Day weekend, Ward One ANC Redistricting Task Force Chairperson Alan Roth distributed the first broadcast email over various Ward One listserves showing the initial map  proposals from which the task force will work. Roth issued both a four ANC version and a five ANC version. Below are the two overview maps. All maps, and more information can be found at the Task Force’s Web site located at

As you review these maps (or the additional ones online), I’d be interested in hearing your comments. Is one of these options better than the other? How can they be improved?

(Proposed 4 ANC/SMD Boundaries with populations)

(Potential SMD boundaries in 5 ANC Ward with populations)

Chairperson Roth’s full email is after the jump (more…)

ANC/SMD Redistricting for Ward 1 — The Four ANC/Status Quo Scenario

September 1, 2011

I was at a meeting recently where the Ward 1 ANC redistricting was discussed. In the course of those conversations there was something that struck me.  While redistricting is basically a numbers game (trying to get each single member district as close to 2,000 as possible within a 5% deviation), it is also about communities and their representation. Or, as one person said to me more poignantly, the “N” in ANC stands for neighborhood.

In this context where the emphasis is placed primarily on providing neighborhood’s and their communities representation, I have to say that in my opinion a Georgia Avenue focused ANC does not make sense to me. While dividing Ward 1 into five ANCs is an elegant plan on paper (and works as I’ve shown), in practice it would de-emphasis neighborhood representation and sever communities that have long-standing and natural affinities to each other. While development along Lower Georgia Avenue is an important issue, it would likely be the only real issue the neighborhoods along it would have in common … and I don’t think one common interest is enough to cobble together a new ANC.

So, taking all of that into consideration, I decided to see what the Ward could look like if the Ward 1 ANC/SMD Task Force recommends keeping our current ANC boundaries as close to the old borders as possible. Again, this is just guess-work and one of many ways this could be accomplished.


  • Commission of 11 members (currently 11).
  • Possible changes: East of Georgia Avenue the block north of Hobart Place could be moved from 1B to 1A. Similarly, the block bordered by Columbia Road, Sherman Avenue, Harvard Street, and 11th Street could be moved from 1A to 1B.
  • Problems: In this version, ANC 1A11 is above the 2,100 limit with 2,136 residents.
  • Keeps Park View and northern Columbia Heights together. While the two neighborhoods do have different needs, many of the issues they are facing are similar and residents of Park View do tend to embrace Columbia Heights (and Petworth to the north) as part of their immediate community.

Possible ANC 1A (click to enlarge)


ANC/SMD Redistricting for Ward 1 — The Five ANC Scenario

August 23, 2011

If Ward 1 were divided into 5 ANCs, this map shows one possible way to do it. Blue lines are current borders and red lines would be new borders (Click to enlarge)

People active in the community or on area listervs are sure to be aware that the District’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) — and the Single Member Districts (SMD) within them — are in the process of redistricting based on the 2010 census. Ideally, each SMD should have a population of approximately 2,000 residents ±5% (creating an ideal range of 1,900 to 2,100).

The Ward One Task Force for ANC/SMD Restricting first convened on August 2, 2011, to meet with the public and begin exploring how to balance ANC representation of the Ward equitably. The next task force meeting will be on September 13th (time and place TBD) and the entire process needs to be completed by October 12th. With the short amount of time for the process to be completed, public comment and discussion has begun on some listservs and at community meetings.

One of the loudest voices commenting on the redistricting process has been Mt. Pleasant Commissioner Jack McKay (1D03). Prior to the first task force meeting, McKay suggested that ANC 1D expand east to 14th Street to address his concerns of 1D being too small and 1B being too large. His initial map can be seen here.  In response to McKay’s map, Park View Commissioner Kent Boese (1A08) suggested that a five ANC Ward be considered as an alternative for the task force to consider. A rough map of his initial idea can be seen here. McKay has adopted this idea within a four ANC framework and has proposed this map using 11th Street as the eastern border of a combined 1A/1D.

While reception of the creation of a Georgia Avenue focused eastern ANC has been mixed (ANC 1B unanimously voted to keep their current borders and a commission of 13 SMDs on August 4th), the idea has taken hold among some spheres prompting me to explore its feasibility here. The task force similarly is in the process of drafting solutions for both four and five ANC scenarios to present to the public for comment.

I’m sharing the outcome of my work here to see how others feel about the possibility of an ANC 1E vs. maintaining the Wards current structure. (more…)

Ward 1 ANC/SMD Redistricting Process Gets Started

August 3, 2011

Ward 1 Map with new census numbers on census blocks and Single Member Districts. Click on Map for large version

Last night the Ward One Task Force for ANC/SMD Redistricting began the process with their first public meeting to get the ball rolling. The Task Force consists of the following members:

  • Alan Roth (Resident, Ward 1), Chair
  • Wilson Reynolds (Chair, ANC 1C/SMD  1C07), Vice-Chair
  • Gregg Edwards (Chair, ANC 1D/SMD 1D04), Secretary
  • Bill Brown (Chair, ANC 1A/SMD 1A06)
  • Juan Lopez (Chair, ANC 1B/SMD 1B07)
  • Thomas Boisvert (ANC1A/SMD 1A07)
  •  Shelore Williams (Resident, Ward 1)
  • Beverly Wheeler (Resident, Ward 1)
  • Janie Boyd (Resident, Ward 1) — absent from meeting

The kick off meeting was very general and laid out the big picture of the process that would be taken. It was noted that one thing that makes this redistricting process easier than the process 10 years ago is that the boundaries of Ward 1 didn’t change much this time.

Representatives of the Office of Planning were present to answer questions and share maps, statistic data, and explain some of the pitfalls that they hope to avoid this time around. One example they cited was how difficult it can be to redraw the maps based on legislated language if that language isn’t clear. They also expressed that while census blocks can be split it is a tricky road to go down. Chairman Roth expressed a desire to avoid splitting census blocks if at all possible.

As was expected there was a discussion on how large an ANC should be. Based on the population, with the goal being that each SMD will have a population of 2,000 plus or minus 5%, ANC 1D would shrink to 5 SMDs whereas ANC 1B could grow to 13 SMDs if the current ANC borders are maintained. This isn’t unusual since there is one ANC (2D) that currently has two SMDs and several have 12 SMDs.

That said, finding a way to equitably distribute the population and balance out the ANCs can get tricky. One suggestion was to move the boundary of 1D to 14th Street and then adjust the 1A/1B border accordingly to bring some balance to all of the Ward 1 ANCs. Another idea that seems to have some traction is to keep the borders of ANC 1C and 1D as they are and create a fifth Ward 1 ANC uniting Park View, Pleasant Plains, LeDroit Park, and Howard University. Such an ANC would likely focus on issues related to Georgia Avenue and Howard University which is an interesting idea. Below is one possibility of how that could look.

A new ANC 1E could be created largely from ANC 1A08, 1A09, 1A10, 1B01, 1B10, and 1B11

Chairman Roth noted that there is enough interest in having an additional ANC created that it is worth exploring. While he will be on vacation for the month of August and return after Labor Day, to keep things moving he will continue to work with the Task Force members via email and phone while he takes a first crack at redrawing the maps himself. He will then bring those maps back to the Task Force to include additional changes based on Task Force members’ comments and input from the general public.

Former ANC 1B05 Commissioner Brianne K. Nadeau was also in attendance. You can read her report of the meeting on her blog here.


Community Meeting on Police Redistricting at Park View School, 6/29/11

June 28, 2011

Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham and ANC 1A08 Commissioner Kent Boese are co-hosting a meeting to discuss MPD’s plan to redistrict their seven police districts on Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be in the auditorium of the Park View School (3560 Warder St., NW). Please click on flier before for additional details.

While Chief Lanier has been having meetings throughout the city at the seven police district headquarters, this will be the first meeting in Police Service Area 302 (Columbia Heights & Park View), one of the two areas directly impacted by the Chief’s redistricting plan.

All residents within ANC 1A will be impacted by the proposed redistricting plan. All Ward 1 residents who live north of Park Road/Monroe Street will be transferred to the Fourth District under the current plan. This includes the current 3D Substation at 750 Park Road. Residents remaining within the Third District should consider attending this meeting to see how MPD’s proposed changes — including the loss of the substation — address crime in their communities.


Northern Park View & Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, Welcome to the Fourth Police District

June 10, 2011

Map showing current and realigned Fourth Police District

For those that have been following the realignment of MPD’s seven police districts, it looks like Mt. Pleasant and everything north of Monroe Street/Park Road east of 16th Street is slated to become part of the Fourth District. Being someone who lives on the 3D/4D border, I do think that it will be nice to only have to call one district instead of two. However I haven’t been hearing flattering things about the last time parts of this area were within 4D.

In talking to one long-time resident about what it was like before the last police district change they replied that I didn’t have the “experience that [they did] with 4D and [their] untimely responses, if any, and rumors of drug dealers being alerted when calls were placed about the drug activity.”  They continued that they believe things only improved once they were redistricted to the Third District. On the other hand, in talking to some residents currently living in the Fourth District they seem to think that their current level of support from MPD is pretty good.

Newly proposed 4D PSAs 408 and 409

The reason for the redistricting is to improve service by equally distributing crime and calls for service as evenly as possible among the District’s seven police districts. To this, my Ward 1 neighbor again stated that to realign based on crime stats is ridiculous. “If 4D is as ineffective as it was in the past, of course its crime stats are going to be lower than those of 3D.” Clearly, long-established residents have strong feelings about MPDs past performance. As such, I hope residents will attend MPD’s series of meetings focusing on these proposals and ask the tough questions they need answered.

You can read the Forth District information sheet here. That meeting is scheduled for June 16th at 7 p.m., 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW.


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