Alex Baca will be writing about community and development issues for Borderstan, including occasional reports on local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. She also writes for the Housing Complex blog at Washington City Paper.
The famously sprawling ANC 1B (Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Pleasant Plains, Shaw/U Street, and University Heights) held its monthly meeting last Thursday, May 6, at the Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets NW.
Amongst the slew of liquor license applications and renewals, the evening’s agenda also included the public safety report and design reviews of the African American Civil War Memorial Museum.
The United Negro College Fund’s agreement to occupy the site between S and T at 7th Street NW started the meeting on a high note. The Shaw space was intended to house Radio One, which backed out in February. UNCF’s forthcoming move elicited quite a few smiles from the commissioners—as well as a unanimous move to write a letter to the City Council supporting a potential $1.5 million tax abatement for UNCF.
Liquor License Requests: Masa 14’s Rooftop Deck
But things heated up as representatives from local establishments came forth to request liquor licenses. Masa 14 had their request protested in the name of “parking, peace, and quiet” alongside potential neighborhood newcomers GII and The Florida Cafe. The commission, as is typical, recommended that the businesses attempt to reach a voluntary agreement with the neighborhood associations before coming before the ANC.
Tuesday, May 4
“Healing from the Inside Out: The Regenerative Power of the Human Spirit.” The Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts is hosting this presentation at 6:30 pm with Michael Lerner, PhD: “Do we each have personal “styles” of healing that we may strengthen? While natural, healing is not automatic, and can be blocked or facilitated. The intention of this talk is to help us discover ways to deepen our own unique, resources for growing through adversity.” Event is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Smith Farm Center is at 1632 U Street NW.
PSA 305 meets tonight. For U Street-area residents, the monthly Public Safety 305 meeting is 7 to 8:15 pm, at the DC Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Avenue NW. This monthly meeting is for residents of Police Service Area (PSA) 305 and includes representatives from MPD (DC police) and Howard University Police. Got questions about crime in the area? This is your chance to speak directly with MPD reps.
Wednesday, May 5
ANC 2F-Logan meets. The monthly meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B is at 7 pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle. The eastern part of the Borderstan area is in ANC 2F.
Mikveh opens at Goldman Theater. A new show, Mikveh, opens at the DC Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theatre at 16th and Q NW: “A knowledgeable examination of traditions and ritual, this hit Israeli play explores the ever evolving position of women in Israeli society.”
Thursday, May 6
ANC 1B meets. ANC1B will hold its regularly scheduled public meeting on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 7 pm in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Reeves Center at 14th and U Streets N.W. The northeastern part of the Borderstan area, including the U Street corridor is in ANC 1B; see map above.
The Ramayana opens at Source Theatre. A new production opens from the Constellation Theatre Company at the Source Theatre on 14th Street: “The Ramayana lies at the heart of Hinduism and has been captivating people for centuries with its balance of adventure and spirituality. India’s dazzling epic is a timeless testament to the transcendental power of love.”
This week is a Q&A with four ANC commissioners from the three ANCs that serve the Dupont-Logan-U Street area; we asked each commissioner the same four questions.
The Q&A with these four commissioners is below the fold:
- Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B04, which is the single-member district (SMD) on the east side of ANC 2B-Dupont, running from 15th to 17th Streets.
- Peter Raia, ANC 1B02, which is an SMD on the south side of ANC 1B, which serves the U Street area and encompassing parts of both U and 14th Streets.
- Charles Reed, ANC 2F01, which is an SMD on the west side of ANC 2F-Logan, including part of the 14th Street corridor. Reed is also the chairman of ANC 2F.
- Mike Silverstein, ANC 2B06, which is an SMD on the south side of ANC 2B-Dupont, south of the Circle. He is also the chairman of ANC 2B.
Tueday: The Police Service Area (PSA) 305‘s public safety meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. at the DC Housing Finance Agency at 815 Florida Avenue NW.
Wednesday: Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F / Logan Circle meets at 7 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Check out the agenda.
Thursday: Dance to Fatback DJ Collaborative and help a kid obtain his or her dream by attending the Dream for Kids benefit auction After Party at Town Danceboutique, 8th and U NW. All proceeds go to Dream for Kids, “a volunteer based, registered non-profit 501(c)(3) children’s charity that breaks down social barriers and end the isolation of children in need.” The organization is based in DC.
Thursday: Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B will hold its regularly scheduled public meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. on the in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Reeves Center at 14th and U Streets N.W. The agenda is posted at online.
Ross Elementary School has an open house for interested parents today. Stop by from 9 to 11 a.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. Ross School is at 1730 R Street NW.
ANC 2B/Dupont meets tonight at 7 p.m. at The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW (rescheduled from last Wednesday).
ANC 1B has canceled its scheduled Thursday night meeting; it will be rescheduled in March.
Let’s take a break from The Real World: DC and DC Council crime bills… and head over to the blog, 14th & You. The folks there had a posting Tuesday (“Partner of ANC Commissioner Attempts to Scuttle Saint-Ex Agreement; Goes After Policy Employees”) about the brouhaha over Cafe Saint-Ex, Bar Pilar and Policy on 14th Street NW, and the role of ANC 2B-09 Commissioner Ramon Estrada and his partner. (For background, it helps to first read the blog’s postings from June 6 and April 24.)
This story, as reported by 14th & You, is actually about more than just these three establishments on 14th Street NW. It is about our local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, city government, regulation of local businesses, liquor licenses, voluntary agreements and privacy issues—and how our city treats small business owners in general.
Editor’s Note: From my perspective, the story raises questions about all these issues, and they warrant discussion in our neighborhood and our city. It is a discussion that is long past due. Borderstan.com welcomes comments (even some guest postings) from ANC commissioners (including Mr. Estrada), community groups, city officials and residents of the Dupont–Logan area.