Friday, October 19, 2018

gathering community feedback on development projects via technology platforms

Click on this link to read the entire Washington Business Journal article by Katie Arcieri.

The products here from Imby and CoUrbanize would seem to be a potential good use for DC development projects.

By  – Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal
Updated

When JBG Smith Properties began planning Crystal City's Central District, the developer wanted feedback from a broad segment of the community on the multifaceted project — not just the typical handful of citizens who have the time to testify at public hearings.
      
JBG Smith (NYSE: JBGS) Executive Vice President Andrew Van Horn said the company found a fix: Boston-based CoUrbanize, whose technology platform allows developers to gather feedback from community members via text, social media and comments posted in online forums. 
       
"With a project of this scale and this much potential development, we really wanted to find new opportunities to access community members who couldn't show up at board hearings and wait six hours to testify," Van Horn said. 
       
And it's not just JBG Smith. A growing number of developers across the region are turning to startup companies like CoUrbanize and D.C.-based Imby Community to gather public support early in a project's planning process and avoid costly delays if an appeal is filed.


thanks to Workafrolic, Pub and the People, Big Bear Cafe and Boundary Stone -- for sponsoring the Bloomingdale Toddle Soccer League T-shirts this year

See this set of tweets: 







come out for the Fall Festival on the 100 block of U Street NW -- Saturday, 10-19-2018

The weather forecast for tomorrow's Fall Festival on the 100 block of U Street NW is perfect.


at Showtime Lounge tonight: South of the Borders bangers

See this Facebook post:




final three days of a play about the late Bloomingdale resident Tricia McCauley

See these tweets:



For new residents who do not know who Tricia McCauley is -- see this post

And see this subsequent tweet:



notes about the idea of decking over North Capitol Street

The neighborhood resident spearheading the effort to deck over part of North Capitol Street between Bloomingdale and Eckington is Thaddeus Thaler.

He provided an update at this past Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting held at St. George's Episcopal Church.

He has kindly provided his notes:


After gaining ZGF Architects managing partner support last week, the head office in Portland has officially allocated the 102 hours. That is, our application for pro bono services provided by ZGF has been approved. This effort is part of the 1+ Program that ZGF uses to give design services to back to communities. Every office within ZGF has a set number of pro bono hours to facilitate these projects. As non-profits reach out to ZGF, an application can be made by the non-profit and ZGF staff involved in order to secure the hours for services. The services that ZGF will provide are Architectural Design Services (typical Design services that an architectural firm will provide, i.e. Programming, schematic design, etc.) and Capital Campaign Materials to help strategize funding that we would need to petition for (funders are more likely to support a project they can visualize and get excited about by understanding what the project will look like, how it will impact the space, and what it will cost).

The hourly breakdown of pro bono services to be provided is as follows, and we will have two ZGF representatives working on the project (one of whom lives on Crispus Attucks Park):

Design Services: Programming, Architectural Design Services, Consultation, Capital Campaign Materials Consultation, Preliminary vision and program development, public presentation – 12 Hours

Illustratives of the OverDeck – 46 Hours
Illustrative Plans of the Overdeck – 20 hours
Corridor Diagram Plan – 20 Hours
Lean in – 4 Hours

ZGF has a rich history of giving and is committed to supporting the clients and communities we serve through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism. Our pillars of giving have focused on the arts and architecture, education, health and wellness, community services [social services, business and civic organizations] and sustainability. In 2014, understanding that time is the most precious currency in today’s world, ZGF partnered with The 1+ program of Public Architecture (formerly 1% program), offering design professionals an opportunity to address the most challenging problems their communities’ face, by pledging their working hours to pro bono design services.

The initial site survey to officially begin the pro bono services is scheduled to take place around noon on October 27, 2018. A community conversation with ZGF representatives to share ideas for the deck over is being planned. Stay tuned!                       

A motion was made to proceed.  The motion was seconded.  The motion passed 21 to 0.


see these DDOT maps of 1) street tree removals, and 2) street tree planting locations

Go here to see the two maps of DDOT Tree Services Schedule:

  • street tree removals, and
  • street tree planting locations.

I learned something new today.




this Sunday, 10-21-2018: 70th birthday celebration of St. Martin's Catholic Church's Father Michael Kelley

See this tweet:


Marie Johns invited guest at Sunday's All Nations Baptist Church Women's Day event

From: Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) <5e09 anc.dc.gov="">
<5e09 anc.dc.gov=""> Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:55 PM
To: Garnett, Eddie (SMD 5E01) <5e01 anc.dc.gov="">; Williams, Patricia (SMD 5E02) <5e02 anc.dc.gov="">; Thomas, Bradley Ashton (SMD 5E05) <5e05 anc.dc.gov="">; McClelland, Katherine (SMD 5E06) <5e06 anc.dc.gov="">; Holliday, Bertha G. (SMD 5E07) <5e07 anc.dc.gov="">; Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) <5e09 anc.dc.gov="">; Pinkney, Sylvia (SMD 5E04) <5e04 anc.dc.gov="">; Sierra, Horacio (SMD 5E08) <5e08 anc.dc.gov="">; Powell, Hannah (SMD 5E03) <5e03 anc.dc.gov="">; nancy200jones@gmail.com; plwilliams100@yahoo.com; Jones, Nancy Darlene (ANC 5E10) <5e10 .anc="" dc.gov="">
Subject: Fw: ANBC Women's Day Event

Community Awareness:  Please review and share the flyer announcing the ANBC's Women's Day Event.  Hope to see you there.
Respectfully Submitted By,
C. Dianne Barnes, Commissioner
Cell: 202-409-7155

Email:  5E09@anc.dc.gov 
               

Stronghold's Kit Young: SongBursts - Singing Calmer Ground Flash Mob -- Friday, 10-19-2018

See this 10-09-2018 message from Stronghold resident Kit Young:

SongBursts DC: Singing Calmer Ground Flash Mob
SongBursts DC cordially invites you to join a volunteer project to bring beauty of a cappella vocal sound to the National Mall - flash mob style - mixing songs with spontaneously created group circle singing to register(so to sing) our voices in unity, beauty as a balm  for the  angry, shrill decibels of our leaders, contempt and rudeness from the Capitol and White House. Abraham Lincoln was soft-spoken yet saved our country from dissolution. In the shadow of his image we gather to sing for healing, understanding and calming ground.

Friday, October 19th, 5pm to 7pm, Lincoln Memorial Steps.
(National Park Service Assembly Permit 18-1544)

For more information and messaging:

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/480192542465227/?ti=icl

Or write to:

(to let us know if you can join!!!!)

If you are part of an a cappella or church choir group, we invite your ensemble to join the larger group with breakouts sharing your music!            

We will announce our SongBurst to local press and post on FB details on choreography and singing plans by Oct 15th. No prior rehearsal needed.  No microphones.                                                             

Kit Young, Paris Kern - Organizers


Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Fowler Group posts about Crispus Attucks Park

See this tweet:




"The Goonies" movie at Crispus Attucks Park -- Friday, 10-19-2018

See this Crispus Attucks Park Facebook post:





save the date: North Capitol Main Street's Chili Challenge is back -- on Saturday, 11-03-2018

See this tweet:




one week from today: Common Good City Farm's Home Brewing Course with Fishbowl Brewery

From: LeDroitPark@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3:11 PM
To: LeDroitPark@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Join Common Good City Farm for a Home Brewing Course with Fishbowl Brewery [1 Attachment]

[Attachment(s) from Josephine Chu included below]

Hi Everyone,

Join Common Good City Farm for a Home Brewing Course with Fishbowl Brewery!

Register: https://homebrewingclass.eventbrite.com
Learn to brew beer at home!

Throughout these two fast-paced sessions, the class attendees will acquire the necessary knowledge for successfully brewing beer at home while gaining hands on experience in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

Class 1, Thursday, October 25th, 6:30 pm - 8:30pm

We will provide a quick overview on the basic process of homebrewing. This will include basic equipment, sanitation, ingredients, temperature control, and the fermentation process. During this discussion, we will simultaneously brew up a batch of wort (unfermented beer) and prepare it for fermentation.

Class 2: Thursday, November 8th, 6:30 pm - 8:30pm

We will continue the homebrewing conversation with a discussion on fermentation, bottling, and carbonation. We will also be transferring our newly fermented beer to bottles and labeling our new beers.

At the end of the course, each student will receive several homemade beers, an official homebrewing certificate, and a Fishbowl brewing bottle opener!

Attendees must be over 21 to participate.

About the Instructor:

The class is taught by Andy Oetman, a competition-winning homebrewer with over 12 years of brewing experience. In addition to his full time job protecting DC’s streams and rivers, Andy has started two beer-related side projects. In 2014, he began installing hop plants for a few of his neighbors and slowly began a local hop growing movement aka a “co-hoperative”.

In 2016, he founded Fishbowl Brewing Co. Fishbowl Brewing currently operates as a brewing collective with about 15 dedicated homebrewers from the DC area. Members of the collective combine their forces to produce several batches of homemade beer per year.

If you would like to inquire about a private group class, Fishbowl Brewery tours, joining the brewing collective or anything else please contact Andy at Fishbowlbrewing@gmail.com

--

Josephine Chu
Program & Outreach Manager
Common Good City Farm
V Street between 2nd & 4th Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-559-7513 (office)
631-355-2348 (cell)
mailing address: PO Box 26030 Washington, DC 20001




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

St. George's Episcopal Church participating in the Community Walk for Crummell School -- Sunday, 10-21-2018

One of the sponsors of this Sunday's rescheduled Community Walk for Crummell School is St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW. 


#HumansTellingJokes at Crisp Kitchen and Bar -- Thursday, 10-18-2018

See this tweet:




Bloomingdale artist Marta Perez-Garcia told to remove her domestic violence at the Reeves Center

See this Fox 5 news story:


National Pasta Day at Red Hen

See this tweet:




pro-McMillan fliers distributed on car windshieds in Bloomingdale

A neighbor on the unit block of Adams Street NW passes along a scan of a flier found on car windshields yesterday, Tuesday, 10-16-2018:


today: Citizens' initiative to save McMillan Park at the DC Court of Appeals

See this 09-21-2018 press release from the Friends of McMillan Park:

The Friends of McMillan Park issued the following press release concerning their return to court to counter the Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation's decision earlier this year that would allow the rather imminent demolition of McMillan Park.

Kirby Vining
Friends of McMillan Park

                                         

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

5D CAC 40th Annual Awards Banquet

From: Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) <5e09 anc.dc.gov="">
<5e09 anc.dc.gov=""> Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:33 PM
To: Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) <5e09 anc.dc.gov="">
Subject: 5D CAC Event - Flyer

Community Awareness:  Please review and share the attachment for the 5D CAC 40th Annual Awards Dinner Flyer.  If you're interest in placing an ad, please review the attachment second page.  Hope to see you there.

 Respectfully Submitted By,
 C. Dianne Barnes, Commissioner
 Cell: 202-409-7155
 Email: 
5E09@anc.dc.gov

creative worship service hosted by Common Threads at St. George's Episcopal Church tonight, 10-16-2018

See this tweet:


stuff from last night's October 2018 Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting

Some items from last night's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting:

The owner of 17 Rhode Island Avenue NW would like to construct a two-level rear deck that would result in exceeding lot occupancy.  The owner is pursuing zoning relief.  The BCA members voted to support.  

There is news about the idea of decking over a small part of North Capitol Street.  There should be a separate post, so stay tuned.

Candidates running in the contested ANC5E06 and ANC5E09 commissioner races as well as the candidates running for Ward 5 State Board of Education were invited to briefly speak at last night's BCA meeting.  

ANC5E06 has two candidates running: Pat Mitchell and Karla Lewis.  Pat Mitchell briefly spoke. A representative for Karla Lewis also spoke about Karla's positions on issues.

ANC5E09 has four candidates running: Kirby Vining, Sam Bonar, Rae Marshall and Dianne Barnes (the incumbent).  Two of the four candidate attended last night's meeting and briefly spoke: Kirby Vining and Sam Bonar.

The Ward 5 State Board of Education has three candidates: Zachary Parker, Adrian Jordan and Bill Lewis.  Two of the three candidates attended last night's meeting and briefly spoke: Zachary Parker and Adrian Jordan.

The Bloomingdale Civic Association election was held last night.  All of the positions except for president were uncontested.  Here are the results of the BCA election:


  • President: Teri Janine Quinn
  • 1st Vice President: Bertha Holliday
  • 2nd Vice President: Patricia Mitchell
  • Financial Secretary: Jennifer McCann
  • Treasurer: Sherry Howard
  • Corresponding Secretary: Felicia Davis              
  • Assistant Corresponding Secretary: Ernie Emrich
  • Recording Secretary: Jean-Christophe Deverines
  • Assistant Recording Secretary: Scott Roberts
  • McMillan Advisory Group (MAG) Representatives: Bertha Holliday and Joe Levesque
  • Delegates to the DC Federation of Civic Associations: Zach Sherif and Eric Woods



    






a fun workshop from Common Good City Farm: learn how to brew beer with Fishbowl Brewery

See this tweet:




route for the Howard University Homecoming 2018 parade -- Saturday, 10-27-2018

Here are the street closures for the Saturday, 10-27-2018, Howard University Homecoming 2018 Parade -- from this link:

  • 1900 -2499 bock 4th Street NW (4th and Florida Ave to 4th and Howard Place NW)
•           2000-2699 block Georgia Ave NW (Georgia Ave and Fairmont Street NW to Florida Ave NW)
•           600 block Girard Street NW (Georgia Ave and Girard to 6th Street NW)
•           600 block Fairmont Street NW (Georgia Ave and Fairmont Street NW to 6th Street NW)
•           2200 -2700 block 6th Street NW (6th and Girard Street NW to W Street NW)
•           600-699 block Bryant Street NW (Georgia Ave and Bryant to 6th Street NW)
•           400 - 500 block College Street NW (4th and College Street NW to 6th Street NW)
•           400-599 block W Street NW (4th and W Street to Georgia Ave NW
•           600 block Howard Place NW (Georgia and Howard Place to 6th Street NW)
•           500-599 block Florida Ave (7th and Florida Ave to 6th Street NW)
•           1800-1899 block 5th Street NW (5th and Florida Ave to T Street NW)
•           400-499 block T Street NW (5th and T Street to 4th Street NW)



S.O.M.E's request for a zoning exception for loading requirements for its 1509-1519 North Capitol Street NE development project on the agenda of tonight's ANC5E meeting

From: Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) <5e09 anc.dc.gov="">
<5e09 anc.dc.gov=""> Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 4:36 PM
To: Charlena Brooks
Subject: Public Meeting Agenda

Community Awareness:  Please review and share.

 Respectfully Submitted By,
 C. Dianne Barnes, Commissioner
 Cell: 202-409-7155
 Email: 
5E09@anc.dc.gov




From: Thomas, Bradley Ashton (SMD 5E05)
Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 9:00 AM
To: Powell, Hannah (SMD 5E03); Garnett, Eddie (SMD 5E01); Williams, Patricia (SMD 5E02); Pinkney, Sylvia (SMD 5E04); McClelland, Katherine (SMD 5E06); Holliday, Bertha G. (SMD 5E07); Sierra, Horacio (SMD 5E08); Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09); Jones, Nancy Darlene (ANC 5E10)
Cc: Charlena Brooks
Subject: Public Meeting Agenda
 

Good Morning Commissioners:

Attached is the agenda for next Tuesday's public meeting.  Please post today in the usual places in order to comply with the 7 days notice requirement.

Thank you.

Bradley A. Thomas
Commissioner-ANC5E05
(202) 670-0151



Daniel Wolkoff: Save McMillan Park in DC Superior Court -- Wednesday, 10-17-2018


From: WARD5@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:20 AM
To: Yahoogroups
Subject: [WARD5] Save McMillan Park in DC Superior Court Wednesday 9:30 AM

 

Hello everyone,



Please join us to do something meaningful and urgent in our fight to save McMillan Park, by turning out this Wednesday (October 17) at 9:30 a.m. at the D.C. Court of Appeals for a crucial hearing on the preservation component of our long-standing legal battle over McMillan's fate. We know that your presence will let the judges know that this is not a minor legalistic contest but a grassroots struggle that has widespread support from citizens in the park's immediate community and city-wide.





We in the community of groups, in support of saving our public land, for our children, the  25 acres of McMillan Sand Filtration Site and the over 100 acres including the DC  Reservoir, invite concerned Washingtonians to becomeinvolved in the urban planning that effects your life.  McMillan and the DC reservoir, all of which, served the local African-American community for outdoor recreation for over 40 years. The children of Bloomingdale could enjoy the only  integrated  park in DC called it "our paradise".

Bloomngdale elder Ms.Ella relates her childhood spent in the PARK, the children called McMillan "our beach".

                                    https://youtu.be/X0iqLezE6G0



Today we need a DC Glen Echo arts/performance/instructional site for all ages, checkout Gleen Echo in Potomac and ask why not us? We need an outdoor concert  stage you can walk to on summer evenings, with blanket  and picnic, to enjoy opera, music festivals, outdoor plays and sunset vistas. Drive to Vienna Virginia for concerts, why not our DC Wolf Trap, walkable from most of the city. My coalition foresees preserving the 20 acres underground sand filtration "cells" massive 12 foot tall acre large masonry cisterns ready for urban agriculture, bistro and bizarre, farmers markets unlimited, numerous adaptive re-use like so many cities are doing.






Even a clean water backup system, and emergency shelter, that is very stupid to destroy in the middle of the hottest urban heat island, which is also predicted by our own DC agencies to be likely to flood in coming years.



We are told, it is not a fixed deal, but the Mayor is a business partner in the proposed re-development of 25 acre McMillan Park at North Capitol and Michigan Ave. You, or your kids, have never set a foot on this fascinating historic green sward, so close to home,  because your successive D.C. administrations have kept it fenced off and purposely relegated to the ash heap of history. A cynical and racially discriminatory plan, depriving the predominantly African-American communities of the green park land they enjoyed from 1905 to 1941, the only integrated park while all others in DC were segregated. Would that fence have stayed up at the direction of the Mayors and City Council for 31 years if McMillan was in Chevy Chase?



McMillan lay there in plain sight, it cost  $9.3 Million tax payer dollars,  and "the stewards" of public treasure have produced NOTHING, absolutely nothing for 31 years while holding back the community from it's own public recreation land to deliver and "give away" to a conglomerate of connected developers now that real estate values have reached insanity!

The VMP developers have a no-bid deal, were elevated from consultant to master developer in a very bad business practice according to a letter to the Mayor, Attorney General and Mendelson, from DC Auditor Kathy Patterson. The city council exempted the VMP conglomerate from the Council's own contracting reforms pro-actively and amazingly, retroactively. All DC evaluative and regulatory agencies, the Historic Preservation Review Board, the Mayor's Agent, the Zoning Commission and Dept of the Environment are judging and "entitling"  their own employer in the "approval process", there is no such thing as dis-approval.

                                                  http://youtu.be/uXkOgHV7Lhw

The DC govt. DMPED and EYA/VMP hired the Jamie Fontaine PR Agency to specifically "neutralize opposition" and "change the general perception to that of widespread support for the development in the community", and "provide continuous cover for elected officials". The program of this PR campaign openly declared in it's own documents targeted against your neighbors in Friends of  McMillan (FOMP), LEGITIMATE community opposition, is a flagrant UNCONSTITUTIONAL violation of  YOUR First Amendment right to "petition the govt. for redress of grievances".

 The collusion of DC govt.. and mega developers Vision McMillan Partners, specifically the billion $$ surplus of the valuable site (expanded from 2 years to 7 years by Mendelson), amount to the theft from the people of Washington,  the work of enlightened designers and engineers brought to DC by Senator James McMillan, who had the real vision, and urban planning brilliance to provide green swards throughout DC. Most of which only occurred in upper NW, with 500% more park land than this dense central community. Here in our neighborhoods, according to NOAA, we suffer from an urban heat island effect up to 17 degrees hotter than other cooler and greener parts of the city, literally when it is 102' in this area it was 85' in other sections.



They saw in 1906, when the entire area was rural, the need for an "emerald necklace" of green swards, and now that McMillan is being surrounded by thousands of additional luxury housing units, God knows how much additional automobile congestion, it is finally time to save this coherent unitary open green space, DC's Central Park and Reservoir (over 100 acres), for the health of the community, for your kids and grand-kids.



The VMP/DMPED partnership's own traffic impact study (TIS) presented to the Zoning Commission anticipates 31,000 additional automobile trips to the site each day added to the existing 38,000 daily on polluted (highest pollution level recorded in DC), N. Capitol. Where ambulances and fire trucks are forced regularly to jump the median and blast dangerously into oncoming traffic, to reach 7 local hospitals.

The "walkable" neighborhoods of EYA proposed "McMillan Town Center" an artificial place like National Harbor, will bring 24,000 mass transit users per day, requiring 600 bus shuttles to the Brookland metro, ten short blocks away, the development would be the 14th largest metro station if it had a metro, and the only consistent supporter of this mega plan is "The Coalition For Smarter Growth", funded by VMP. What would "dumb growth" be like?


The decision to take this PUBLIC TREASURE, mystical open historic site with gorgeous sunset views, and literally give it away to private  profit making corporations, the decision, never in any way included the "OWNERS", the citizens, to make this judgement. Three of the City Council members with oversight were convicted felons.  Mayor Vincent Gray, who pushed this right over public opposition was "elected" as the result of upwards of

$1 million in illegal campaign donations, he ran a "shadow campaign" and was even allowed to never, never answer for these crimes by the Federal Prosecutor, "test my resolve" Ron Machen. Council-member Michael Brown, who headed the Economic Development Committee, which was conveniently dissolved and placed under the Mayor,  before his sentencing said "it was hard to resist the culture of corruption in the council".




The 50 buildings, 6 paved private streets, almost 3000 asphalt parking spaces, planned to crowd into this GREEN  gem on N. Capitol, is objectively a hideous brutalist set of boxes (www.envisionmcmillan.com) with absolutely no relationship to the National and DC designated historic site it will pave over, and violate preservation requirements of DC and National Historic Preservation Acts and violate Historic Covenants in the deed, agreed to by DC on purchase from the Federal Govt. in 1987, binding and in perpetuity. There was never in any way ANY public participation in deciding this deal and all its immoral, manipulative and law stretching plan, not a word was ever offered to the owners US, no vote, no forum,no poll, no referendum, no "great weight", nothing. Never a single Council-member seriously listened to any public input on numerous viable alternatives including the Catholic University Prof. Gusevich plan shown to every agency, anc, NCPC, Committee of 100, and Federal Committee on the Fine Arts, Zoning, HPRB and ignored. This massive use of public land and money in $100's of millions, dictated period!


                                              
https://youtu.be/EwJwGr2qFrY




Marion Barry was listed voting "approval" of the December 2014 unanimous City Council vote to "surplus" OUR McMillan's invaluable 25 acres to VMP. Marion  Barry had died in November, but it's NOT FIXED!


Council-member Cheh listened to our testimony about adaptive re-use to grow tons of food in the 20 acres underground (the food production system that might just save this planet) and save the entire unitary surface park for all our people, she was so excited about it we never heard from her again. She told me my adaptive re-use ideas were "inspirational", then proceeded to vote for the "Monstrosity on Michigan Avenue" with no discussion at all.. http://youtu.be/ILzWmw53Wwo

When we had an interview with Council-at-large David Grasso about our urban agriculture he said "McMillan don't go there", perhaps the one appointment the VMP/Trammel Crow lobbyist, The Carmen Group, had with Grasso, that cost VMP over $100,000 (BEGA disclosure) impressed him more than saving the park, urban agriculture or the numerous other necessary public use for OUR land. If Washingtonians decide to found this park, like Central Park in NY, posterity will benefit, the urban environment will benefit, not just VMP private profit for luxury housing, and if you believe the absurd lie that the DC government needs revenue, google (Municipal Expenditures per Capita state or city), we are 6 times richer than any other govt. in the  United States!!  6 times richer! ...wonder where that money goes?





Hello everyone,



Please join us to do something meaningful and urgent in our fight to save McMillan Park, by turning out this Wednesday (October 17) at 9:30 a.m. at the D.C. Court of Appeals for a crucial hearing on the preservation component of our long-standing legal battle over McMillan's fate. We know that your presence will let the judges know that this is not a minor legalistic contest but a grassroots struggle that has widespread support from citizens in the park's immediate community and city-wide.



The court is located at 430 E Street N.W., directly across the street from the Judiciary Square Metro station. Please note that construction is going on around the courthouse, and you may have to ask for the correct entrance. Further details about what's at stake in this hearing are in the press release below from Friends of McMillanPark.



We will provide a yellow tag for you to wear that will identify you as a supporter of Friends of McMillan Park. We want the judges to look out on the audience and see a sea of yellow tags! Come for all or part of the hearing, but please show up!



FOMP and McMillan Case Return to Court on October 17th: Press Release

Dear Friends of McMillan Park,  
          This morning we issued a press release concerning our October 17th date to present oral arguments before the D.C. Court of Appeals as we return to that court challenging the decision of the Mayor's Agent on the remand questions. The content of that press release is below, and the original version is visible on a local blog, here.  


                   ****


Preserve, restore, and reopen McMillan Park for the people.



FRIENDS of McMILLAN PARK

FOMP: Join us at the D.C. Court of Appeals on Wednesday, October 17th at 9:30am

Dear Friends of McMillan Park,  
          On Wednesday, October 17th at 9:30am the Friends of McMillan Park will present oral arguments before a panel of judges of the D.C. Court of Appeals, appealing the preservation component of the McMillan case, following a decision by the city that would allow demolition as early as the fall or winter of 2018.  

        We have asked that the court expedite a review of the recent decision by the Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation that would permit demolition of the site very soon.  This is the reason why we have separated the preservation component of this case from the zoning component, which will come later. The court overruled and remanded both the preservation and the zoning components of the case in December 2016. 

           There are three cases on the docket before the court that day, and we're number two, though that order could change.  Ordinarily the judges allow a brief period of time for the attorneys for the parties in the case to present oral arguments, and then the judges ask some questions.  The public does not speak, only the judges and the attorneys for the parties.  After that, we wait for the court's decision, perhaps several months, and hope that we have made a favorable impression. 

         
 The D.C. Court of Appeals is located at 430 E St. NW, directly across the street from the Metro Judiciary Square Station, and is the building directly opposite the building where zoning and HPRB cases are heard.  There's construction going on around the courthouse, and we think the entrance right now is via the Indiana Ave. side of the building. There are two courtrooms used by the Court of Appeals and we do not know which of the two will be used on October 17th. But it's one or the other, not both. Just ask what room the Court of Appeals is meeting in that day. 

          Please join us!  The "court of public opinion" is important and we'd like to show the judges that we care by showing our presence.  For our previous court date, the audience was a sea of "Save McMillan Park" buttons, which one must presume made some impression.  

            And if you didn't catch it earlier, investigative reporter Jeffrey Anderson's recent article on the recent history of the McMillan case is a very good summary of where we are now and what this is all about: 

http://www.districtdig.com/2018/09/28/heads-in-the-sand/

Thank you for your continued interest and support, 


John Salatti, Kirby Vining, and Hugh Youngblood
Board of Directors, Friends of McMillan Park, Inc. 

If you have any questions, please contact restoremcmillan@gmail.com or call 202.213.2690.
 
Contribute to the Save McMillan Park Legal Fund




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Daniel Goldon Wolkoff
McMillan Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture
1231 Randolph Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: 202-232-8391