From the Commissioner, 6E01. March 16, 2021
Greetings Central Shaw Neighbors:
Welcome to my first neighborhood dispatch. I will be sending regular newsletters to constituents in 6E01. Thanks for your patience as I get ramped up with my responsibilities as Commissioner.
This week’s update: Encampment Clean-Up This Week; Other Topical Items; Local Biz Buzz. Read on…
Encampment Clean-Up on Thursday (3/18)
I’ve been working with neighbors to address concerns involving the encampment on the 15oo block of 10th St NW, abutting the fence of the Seaton Elementary schoolyard. The situation is clearly not working for the encampment occupants and it’s not working for the neighbors across the street. I worked with CM Charles Allen to host an online meeting with concerned neighbors and the city’s encampment team plus a host of other agencies on March 5. During the call, neighbors had a chance to share their heartfelt concern for the occupants of the encampment paired with the real, negative impacts on their daily lives. I advocated for short-term, win-win solutions to the current situation.
One outcome of the meeting is a “full cleanup” that’s scheduled for this Thursday, March 18 to clear encampment items away from the schoolyard fence. From the encampments team:
I don’t think this clean-up will be the win-win solution we are hoping for but at least we have the attention of the Mayor’s team and I will continue to advocate for solutions that provide better services to people experiencing homelessness in our city while also reducing externalities on neighbors and school children. Homelessness is a hyper-local problem that doesn’t garner the attention nor the funding needed to improve people’s lives. Let me know if you’d like to get involved.
Other Topical Items
- MagLev Input Opportunity: There’s a plan to run a high-speed train between DC and New York, with the first step being DC to Baltimore. Alex Lopez, Commissioner for 6E02, has found that the plan will have some non-trivial impacts to local traffic. The 6E Transportation Advisory Committee is forming a task team to provide feedback on the project before April deadlines. Please email Alex if you want to get involved.
- Near Northwest III Study Wrapping Up: This DDOT study looking to increase traffic safety via flex posts and street murals is wrapping up. They are hosting office hours on March 17 to address individual comments, and you can still email feedback to the project team on the final list of 30 project locations until March 30.
- Banneker High School Update: construction is continuing on the Banneker High School. I’ve supported requests for permits for limited night work and Sunday/holiday work hours to keep the project on schedule and ensure it will open this fall. If you have any issues with noise from the construction site, please contact the project manager at MCN, Michael Rooney: 202-213-9112
Local Biz Buzz – Dacha Parklet!
I worked with the owners of Dacha Beer Garden at 7th & Q NW and the Central Shaw Neighborhood Association to support Dacha’s application to install a “parklet“. Three resident-only parking spaces were converted to a little annex with a few tables, allowing the beer garden to regain some of the seated capacity they lost due to pandemic-related social distancing requirements. Stop by and help our neighborhood beer garden make it through this tough time. Parklets: Love ’em, hate ’em? Let me know!
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