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Archive - May 2014

Date

ANC 6E Report

Seventh Street Makeover

ANC 6B Report

Defining Pocket Parks

ANC 6C Report

University of Georgia

ANC 6D Report

Hotel to Help Fill in Ballpark Area

A Hilton hotel, designed for both long-term guests and tourists, will be constructed at Half and M Streets SW—50 M Street SW—filling in one of the remaining long-vacant construction sites at the ballpark. The developers made a presentation at the ANC meeting, looking for support for a variance to the Capital Gateway Overlay that would reduce the building’s parking by 25%--according to the developer, five or six spaces.

ANC 6A Report

ANC in a Pickle over Public Parking

Hill Center Progress Report

With a tenant in the café, the Hill Center has fulfilled the original plan

Chef David Guas will open Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery this fall in the historic carriage house at the Hill Center, located at 9th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. SE, bringing the Center’s original plan to completion. So this is a good time for a report to the people the facility serves – the Capitol Hill community and indeed the entire city.

Guy Martin is president of the Old Naval Hospital Foundation. www.hillcenterdc.org

Frager’s A Year After the Fire

Piece by Piece, the Iconic Store Has Reimerged

While it may seem like yesterday, it’s been a year since a devastating fire took down Frager’s Hardware, a Capitol Hill landmark since 1920 at 1115 Pennsylvania Ave, SE.  On June 5, 2013, many members of the community witnessed the Hill institution go up in flames. It’s been a busy year since then for the Frager’s staff and owner John Weintraub.

Frager’s Hardware, www.fragersdc.com, facebook/fragersdc

1323 E St SE: Hardware Warehouse (202.543.6157) & Just Ask Rental (202.543.0100);

306 Seventh St SE: The Pad at Eastern Market/Garden Center (202.733.6794)

1129 Pennsylvania Ave SE: Frager’s Paints (202.547.2468)

1115 Pennsylvania Ave SE: The Yard (the original location and where Frager’s will return) Bulk Items, Mulch, Potting Mix, Building Materials (202.543.6157)

Unlocking Opportunities

Services that Help Poor Children Succeed in the Classroom

It is hard to imagine a city that has pursued school reform more assertively than the District of Columbia. There have been major efforts to improve teaching through better pay, incentives, and stricter performance accountability. There have been huge investments to modernize school facilities and increase access to pre-school. And DC now has an impressive level of school choice and innovation through one of the largest charter school sectors in the nation.

More than a Backpack, Poor Children Bring Many Problems with Them to School

Poverty affects children negatively in a number of ways that make it harder to succeed in school.

Physical health problemsLow-income children are more likely to suffer from asthma, lead poisoning, low birth weight, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. They are more likely to face obstacles to learning and have poor school attendance. 

Mental health problems.  Low-income children are more often exposed to trauma and stress, which limits the ability to concentrate, plan, organize, recall information, and analyze.  More than 5,000 District children who need mental health services are not receiving them.

Neighborhood instability. Many DC parents report that their children are not safe in their neighborhood or school. Low-income children are more likely to experience violent crime and say they are afraid to go out. Low-income children often live in neighborhoods with poor air and water quality, or in housing that exposes them to lead, asbestos, mold, roaches and rodents.

Family instability.Low-income students and their families move around much more than other children, including frequent moves from school to school.  Homelessness in particular leads to child anxiety, depression and withdrawal that can result in poor educational outcomes. In some DC schools, as many as one-fourth of the students are homeless.

Low levels of literacy.  Children in low-income families on average are read to less, exposed to more television, and have less access to reading materials than other children.