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Archive - Jan 2016

January 30th

Fort Dupont Park Community Garden Information Sessions and 2016 Permits

All interested gardeners (returning and new) must attend an information session and present a photo ID to complete an application for the 2016 garden season. Information sessions are at Fort Dupont Park Activity Center, 3600 F St. and Minnesota Ave. SE, on Fridays, Feb. 26 and March 4, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays, Feb. 27 and March 5, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit nps.gov/cwdw or call Ranger Finley at 202-829-2163.

Fort Dupont Park Community Garden Information Sessions and 2016 Permits

All interested gardeners (returning and new) must attend an information session and present a photo ID to complete an application for the 2016 garden season. Information sessions are at Fort Dupont Park Activity Center, 3600 F St. and Minnesota Ave. SE, on Fridays, Feb. 26 and March 4, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays, Feb. 27 and March 5, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit nps.gov/cwdw or call Ranger Finley at 202-829-2163.

ANC 6D Report - January 2016

At its meeting on Jan. 11, ANC 6D grappled with an agenda mostly focused on development. Commissioners Marjorie Lightman (6D01), Stacy Braverman Cloyd (6D02), Vice Chair Andy Litsky (6D04), Chair Roger Moffatt (6D05), Rhonda N. Hamilton (6D06), Meredith Fascett (6D07) and Rachel Reilly Carroll (6D03) were in attendance.

A Plan for Buzzard Point

ANC 6E Report - January 2016

Zoning Project for K Street Hotel and Condo

Steve Holton can be contacted at ssholton@gmail.com and followed on twitter @ssholton. 

ANC 6A Report - January 2016

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A Chair Phil Toomajian called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with Commissioners Matt Levy, Omar Mahmud, Patrick Malone, Calvin Ward, Sondra Phillips-Gilbert, and Stephanie Zimny in attendance. Commissioner Chris Ward has resigned. Mike Soderman has submitted a petition to run for the vacant seat, 6A03.

Election of Officers and Selection of Committee Chairs and Members

ANC 6B Report - January 2016

Commission’s Stance on Vision Zero

In December, DC announced its proposed plans for Vision Zero, an effort to completely eliminate traffic deaths by 2024.

Among the plans are lower speed limits (down to 25 mph on some major arterials) and more speed cameras, new bike lanes and crosswalks, and an Urban Design Unit to help the Office of Planning redesign dangerous public spaces. The plan also envisages revising the manual traffic engineers use to make sure it mandates safe designs for everyone, not just cars.

ANC 6B’s next full meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Hill Center at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

ANC 6C Report - January 2016

Like a Samuel Beckett play – a story that never ends – the streetcar for H Street reappeared on the agenda for Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C. Among a smaller agenda of items at the first meeting of 2016, the commissioners again fought against more restrictions on use of the streetcar that the city keeps promising will run for the public soon. Commissioners also announced their new and continuing officers and committee chairs for all ANC divisions. 

An Offbeat, Upbeat Field Trip

A Tour of DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility
Photograph By
Catherine Plume

On a cold and windy DC morning, I joined eight others on an unusual field trip - a tour of DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant located on the south side of the Potomac River in Southwest DC.  DC has a unique – and state-of-the-art municipal wastewater treatment system, and I wanted to learn more about it.  Yanique Richards was our enthusiastic tour guide. Here’s what I found out.

Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and blogger for the DC Recycler: www.DCRecycler.blogspot.com; Twitter @DC_Recycler