Test Pit Excavation
On Monday, February 25 through Friday March 1, work crews will dig five small test pits within a one-block location of Benning Road NE in order to coordinate proposed utility placement. The impacts will include:
Eastbound Benning Road between 24th and 25th Streets:
Left lane closure, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
Pedestrian crosswalk at eastbound Benning and 24th Street:
Sidewalk closure, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
Parking on eastbound Benning Road between 21st and 26th Streets: Parking closure. In order to keep two lanes of traffic flowing down eastbound Benning Road the curb lane between 21st and 26th streets will be closed for parking and it will become a travel lane.
On Monday, February 25 through Friday March 8, work crews will continue to remove portions of the median on the middle and eastern end of the Hopscotch Bridge in advance of future streetcar platform construction at the same locations. The impacts will include:
Hopscotch Bridge and 3rd Street Bridge approach on H Street, Eastbound:
Left lane closures, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
Hopscotch Bridge and 3rd Street Bridge approach on H Street, Westbound:
Left lane closures, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Mayor Vincent C. Gray will deliver the 2013 State of the District Address, where he will report on the status of the city and his administration and outline his agenda and priorities for the coming year.
7 pm, Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Sanctuary, 600 I Street NW
The Sixth and I Historic Synagogue is a cultural institution and community center that connects the District’s past, present and future and symbolizes the city’s multicultural nature. Originally built in 1908 as the home of Adas Israel, one of DC’s oldest Jewish congregations, the building was purchased by Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1951. It served as Turner Memorial’s home for half a century before that congregation moved to a new facility. A group of civic leaders acquired and renovated the Sixth & I building, reopening it in 2004 as a non-denominational, non-membership-based synagogue that serves as a cultural and educational center for the entire DC community. Emblematic of the rebirth of the District’s downtown, the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue has become a center for the arts, entertainment and community engagement.
D.C. Federation of Civic Associations Assembly Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
441 4th Street NW
Election of Officers
Swearing In Ceremony by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson
Here is an interesting article from the Washington Examiner…..D.C. is the second – fastest city in the nation. This is good news for all of us. D.C. is a great place to live and so is the Kingman Park Community. Houses in the Kingman Park Community are selling in less than 15 days! Spread the work that Kingman Park in Washington D.C. is a wonderful place to live.
Enjoy your weekend!
Lisa White, ANC Commissioner SMD-7D01 Kingman Park
D.C. grew second-fastest in the nation over the past year, bringing its population to its highest level in 25 years, according to census data released Thursday.
The number of residents in the District jumped from 619,020 in 2011 to 632,323 in 2012 — a nearly 2.15 percent increase. That rate was barely topped by North Dakota, which grew 2.17 percent in the midst of an oil boom.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
|The top states|
|State||2011 population||2012 population||Approximate change|
|2||District of Columbia||619,020||632,323||2.1%|
The populations of neighboring Maryland and Virginia also increased, though at slower paces. Maryland rose from 5,839,572 residents in 2011 to 5,884,563 in 2012, a nearly 0.8 percent uptick, while Virginia’s population climbed 1 percent, from 8,104,384 to 8,185,867.
The District’s population has climbed every year since 2005 as it transforms after decades of residents moving out. The number of residents passed 600,000 in 2010 — the first time since 1991 it reached that mark.
Aaron Keith has witnessed the changes in his neighborhood as more young professionals have moved in. “That building is a year old, that building just got finished, and they started working on that one a few months ago,” the 23-year-old law student said, gesturing at the luxury apartments that have been sprouting like weeds around the NoMa Metro station since he arrived a year and a half ago.
Mayor Vincent Gray credited improvements in city education, infrastructure and services for the increase.
“Anyone who lives in the District or spends time here already knows what these Census Bureau figures confirm: that the District is on the move,” he said. “People are voting with their feet, and they want to live in D.C.”
The main driving force, though, has been the region’s ability to weather the recent recession thanks partly to its plethora of government and government-reliant jobs, according to Howard University sociologist Roderick Harrison.
“The trend has reached a point where it’s spilling over from one neighborhood to another,” Harrison said. “It will continue as the economic drivers continue, which I think they will for the foreseeable future.”
Harriet Tregoning, director of D.C.’s Office of Planning, said that although the population increase presents an opportunity in terms of development and tax revenue, it also creates challenges as the District works to accommodate so many more people.
“This creates additional demand for housing at every income level, and it means we need to continue to diversify our transportation choices,” Tregoning said. “There are lots of challenges, but they’re challenges that other cities would love to have.”
One major question mark is whether the District will keep residents like Keith as they get older, start families and have children to send to school. Tregoning pointed to D.C.’s push for universal prekindergarten as a first step in retaining young parents and their children.
“Because of the nature of our school choice environment, it means doing a lot of sophisticated analysis and guessing to see how and where schools are going to grow,” she said. “Those are enrollees that are ours to lose.”
Ward 1: Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW
Ward 2: One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW
Ward 3: Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW
Ward 4: Takoma Community Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW
Ward 5: Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE
Ward 6: King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW
Ward 7: Dorothy Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Road NE
Ward 8: Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave. SE
When you first elected me as ANC Commissioner, I promised that I would make a positive difference in Kingman Park. With your support and involvement, I am proud to say that we have.
As ANC Commissioner, I have dedicated myself to representing all of you with integrity, effort and vision. I continue to learn every day and maintain my commitment to being accessible, fair and open-minded on the issues of importance to you.
Kingman Park still faces challenges, and it will take the right kind of leadership to continue moving us forward. I am confident that I am the right leader, and I respectfully ask for your vote on November 6th!
VOTE LISA WHITE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012
Becoming What We Can Be: Stories of Community Development in Washington, DC, which was written by Tony Proscio, and found that the stories were indeed relevant to Kingman Park and surrounging communities interests. The book concerns changes made all over DC over the last 50 years.
One element that is entirely overlooked was the Hechinger Mall at the intersection of Bladensburg and Benning Roads, 15th Street and Maryland Avenue. Fortunately, Proscio fills in knowledge of this development.
The mall was built in 1981 by the Hechinger corporation after their initial attempts to convince other operators to take over their hardware store and warehouse and turn it into a mall failed. While the Hechinger people had solid economic data indicating that this was not only a good place for a supermarket, but also other stores, mall operators saw only the aftermath of the riots and would not be persuaded.
The Hechingers, led by John Hechinger Sr, decided to forge ahead on their own. With Safeway and Peoples Drug as anchor tenants (both of which understood the issues facing them in a neighborhood such as this), they built a new mall, filling the rest of the storefronts with small, local businesses. Getting money for this project was not easy, as most traditional sources of money saw the same issues that mall operators had seen. Only a DC grant allowed the Hechingers to proceed.
The mall opened in 1981 and has become a neighborhood institution, drawing in more national chains to the property. It has, as Proscio points out, “outlived even the Hechinger Company itself.” And with the main draw of H Street being its exciting new bars, restaurants, and venues, it is easy to overlook this important piece of history.
For all you history buffs and lovers of Washington, DC ….this is an interesting read!
Hello! The first person that responds to this posting will receive Two (2) Free Boxed Council Seats to the Washington Mystics on Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 7pm.
Compliments of Council member David Catania.
ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01 Kingman Park