Saturday, September 22, 2012

ANC Candidates Discuss Issues at Neighborhood Forums

The candidates for ANC Commissioner in the 14th and U neighborhood were introduced to the community at the recent U Street Neighborhood Association (USNA) and Shaw-Dupont Citizens Alliance (SDCA) forums.  The SDCA forum (pictured here) was held at the Thurgood Marshall Center and was well attended. 

The newly created ANC1B12 and the existing ANC2B09 represent residents and businesses in the 14th and U neighborhood.  Subject areas discussed included the proposed moratorium, increased crime, appropriate real estate development, promotion of diversity in businesses, and timely constituent services. 

Four candidates are vying for the newly created ANC 1B12 position and they are:  Erling Bailey, John Carlos Green, Zahra Jilani, and Dan Wittels.  Noah Smith is unopposed and was invited by SDCA to participate in the discussion to learn more about our neighborhood's concerns since he will be representing the southwestern corner of 14th and U next year. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ANCs Sponsor Bicycle Safety Session

The Dupont Circle and Logan Circle ANCs are sponsoring a bicycle safety community listening and education session on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Chastleton Ballroom located at 1701 16th Street (corner of 16th and R Streets NW).

This is a public meeting for residents, business owners and organizations to discuss bicycle safety issues in our neighborhood.  At this meeting, District transportation and police officials will be in attendance.  The ANCs are joined by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association in sponsoring this important safety discussion.  See you there!

For a link to the information resources shown here, please click here to read more about these safety recommendations.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

TROPICALIA Opens at 14th and U Corner

A new nightclub has opened in our neighborhood featuring Brazilian-inspired drinks and music in a psychedelic artspace.  A 5 piece Brazilian band, Rebolisso, will be performing on Sunday nights, along with DJ Roberto check it out!  Be sure to wear your dancing shoes...for the samba and salsa numbers...

Sunday, September 2, 2012

ANC Approves "Pillar of Fire" Memorial for Whitman Walker Site at 14th and S

At the August meeting of the ANC, the Commissioners unanimously approved the proposed "Pillar of Fire" memorial for the Whitman Walker site at 14th and S Streets, now the District Apartments under construction.  It is a sculpture with 360 layers of cut and polished float glass post-tensioned into a steel base and then into a concrete footing.  The multi-faceted piece will catch the light from many directions and will be nocturnally illuminated to reveal slowly changing colors to represent an abstraction of the rainbow flag (see the illustration above).  The Historic Preservation Review Board and the ANC asked that a permanent memorial be placed at that corner to remember what was there before the JBG Companies purchased the property for redevelopment.

For those of us who have lived here a long time, we will always remember the Whitman Walker Clinic at this location.  And for our new residents, this memorial (along with the accompanying plaque) will help inform them of the history of this corner in our neighborhood.  We welcome this creative addition to our Arts District.