Friday, September 17, 2021

Bertha Holliday: 4th community-wide deck over forum being held at St. Martin's Pioneer Room -- Saturday, 09-25-2021

See this message from Bertha Holliday:

Dear Ecumenical Council, ANC 5E Commissioners, Neighborhood Civic Association Presidents, and Other Neighborhood Leaders: 

I am writing to share good news!  During the past six months, the North Capitol St. Deck Over Steering Committee (a multi-community grassroots coalition group focused on advocating for transforming North Capitol St. by decking over the underpasses of North Capitol St. and creating on that deck, a park with a neighborhood history theme.  We believe doing so will increase safety, enhance the quality of life along the North Capitol corridor, and promote small business growth andm decking over advocacy in support of enhancing quality of life and small business l gusiness development in developing ,t After more than two dozen meetings with City elected and appointed leaders and their senior staff, presentations to seven area civic associations, consultation with other neighborhood organizations, promotion of community letter-writing and testimonies to various  City Council Budget Committees, and a host of other efforts, the North Capitol Deck Over Steering Committee (a multi-community grassroots group) that is leading efforts to promote the decking over of North Capitol Street between approximately V St. and Seaton Pl, NW, $1 million dollars was placed in the DC FY22 Budget for "a feasibility study of a North Capitol Deck Over"!  Plus -- DDOT has already identified a project director, and asked the Steering Committee to join DDOT staff  in a 'pre-scope' walk-thru of the proposed North Capitol Deck Over and Streetscape site.


So it looks like the study is about to start.   Bring out the horns, fly the flags, throw the confetti and join us on SEPTEMBER 25, ST. MARTIN'S CHURCH, 7 T ST. NW,  2 PM TO 4 PM FOR OUR FOURTH COMMUNITY-WIDE DECK OVER where we will celebrate by sharing the Deck Over's current and future status,  address your related questions and concerns, and listen carefully to your suggestions.  So join us in celebrating the forthcoming kick-off of the Feasibility Study of the North Capitol Deck Over by:

  •  hearing its Steering Committee's visions for the Deck Over and its abutting Streetscape area  
  • sharing YOUR vision of the whats, whys, and hows of this community-led could transform the Mid-City neighborhoods.  


A Forum Flyer is attached.  Persons can attend the forum  in either a face-to-face format (using COVID protocols at St. Martin's church) or virtually.  Please distribute the Forum Flyer to your members, constituents, and others who live in the Bates/Truxton,  Bloomingdale, Eckington, Edgewood, Hanover, LeDroit Park and Stronghold neighborhoods.  We want all in Mid-City East DC to learn about the Deck Over   -- its history, its planning and purpose and proposed future.. And we hope ALL will share their ideas and input and  BE PART OF THE JOURNEY!


Bertha Holliday

Commissioner, ANC 5E07


Bloomingdale Civic Association's Bloomingdale Village Square Initiative


Daniel in brookland said...

Where in this discussion is McMillan Park? Our 25 acre publicly owned green space and historic site on North Capitol, which was Bloomingdale's outdoor recreation and tree lined promenade, landscaped by Olmsted Firm for our city. The community enjoyed the outdoors and sunset and Capitol Dome views 1905 to 1941, and it was the only integrated park in DC. This belongs right here in this discussion of North Capitol.
Any decent city government would be planning how to save our public green space, as it masses so much housing in NOMA, RI Ave. and the 81 acres of thousands of units to come at Armed Forces Retirement Home just North.
Proper urban planning first brings innovative and critically missing mass transit to serve all, McMillan Park, AFRH, Brookland and the Red Line, and serve the adjacent multiple hospital centers. Thousands could live at AFRH without private vehicles, reducing traffic on North Capitol, just the opposite of where we are headed.
We need this DC Central Park and this is how to graciously expand housing, reduce the urban heat island effect, and offer our city and the nation, outdoor concerts, urban gardens, and to provide fresh food as that supply is endangered from California/Mexico/Chile and shipped 3 thousand miles by trucks. Right here at McMillan we can grow "Vertical agriculture and farmed fish" in the climatically stable 20 acres under ground concrete structures, that once filtered our drinking water through sand beds.
The Bowser plan to demolish these massive concrete chambers is simply unwise, as this is a stable safe available space , even a potential emergency shelter for tens of thousands, God forbid but "who knows", and DC Water is right now using it to reduce the devastating flooding, so God knows we need to protect our environment. So folks, no one ever regretted saving Central Park in New York 's Manhattan. Wise to keep what is good and open and green, and find many other civic benefits in adaptive re-use of this fascinating historic site, that we own.
Like NY we need access to the reservoir as well ,113 acres of our green space for jogging, walking and meeting our friends, picnics, music, memorials, rallies, and festivals, even outdoor schools to stop covid. Please voice your support to the City Council and join us

Daniel in brookland said...

Wouldn't an EL, an elevated train like in so many parts of NY serve real rapid transit up North Cap, and not even interact with street traffic, like a monorail for instance. This would join Union Station and NOMA to the hospital centers, and the Red, Yellow and Green lines, and potentially East West service on Irving or Michigan. That is called "regional planning", not "shoe horning" in residences like sardines and gobbling up and paving our needed green space. This vastly improved rapid transit connects to thousands of residential units coming to Armed Forces Retirement Home(AFRH) just north of McMillan Park(we are struggling against the DC govt. to save this park and our publicaly owned green space), so many thousands on North Cap and thousands of new residents at AFRH would not even need a private vehicle. The EL would connect to the entire world, including National Airport via metro, and serve our DC Central Park at McMillan. The Zoning was created by law, to "reduce traffic congestion", but our Zoning Commission greenlights mass increase in dangerous traffic congestion, more air pollution, and traffic literally blocks our emergency services right there at North Capitol and our medical services, Why?

Ask Bowser and His Highness Phil Mendelson?