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Ward Redistricting

Incorporating population counts from the 2010 Census the D.C. government was tasked to revise Ward boundaries to comply with district law. Wards are allowed to vary plus or minus 5 percent from the average derived from dividing the citywide population by eight. Under this criteria Ward 2 needed to shrink in size while Wards 7 & 8 needed to grow.

Last Thursday the Subcommittee on Ward Redistricting returned their recommendations. As Ward 6 is nested between Wards 2 and 7 its borders incurred the most change. I believe I read that 12% of the population of Ward 6 was affected in some way. While the eastern border of Ward 6 also changed substantially the western edge is in close proximity to our neighborhood and deserves a closer look on this blog. The changes

Dashed line=Proposed new boundaries; Grey=Current boundaries

The changes reunite Penn Quarter and Chinatown from fractured between Wards 2 and 6 to fully within Ward 2. Ward 2 punts Shaw to Ward 6 to facilitate the swap while making sure to keep the Convention Center in the process. The committee’s recommendations have elicited the term “Jackmandering” to bring attention to how the Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, who was on the subcommittee, seemingly carved out all the large real estate assets along the border for his jurisdiction and pushed the higher crime areas to Ward 6 to deal with.

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June ANC 6C PZ&E Committee meeting

June’s ANC 6C Planning Zoning and the Environment Committee meeting takes place on Wednesday and includes a non-voting agenda item related to the Bennett Group’s proposed development at New Jersey and H Streets NW. That is the Walmart project – expect the discussion to be limited to planning and zoning considerations not the retailer…

Follow the jump for the full agenda.

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Retail Opportunity at 457 Mass Ave

The commercial real estate website loopnet has a retail listing for 457 Massachusetts Ave NW. This address is a narrow rowhouse building between Buddha Bar and the turreted corner house occupied by the House of Ruth. The description offers a whole building opportunity for 1920 SF.

457 Mass Ave NW (outlined) from Loopnet

The property is narrow and not particularly deep. So the floorplates, as shown in the brochure from the Rappaport Co, have limited contiguous square footage. It might be best suited for service retail (salon?) or offices (law or dental?).

Other existing and future retail on the block includes Buddha Bar, CVS, The UPS Store, Subway Cafe and Sixth Engine, 401 Mass and 433 Mass.

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May MVSNA Meeting

This month’s Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association (MVSNA) membership meeting will be held on Tuesday May 17th at 7:30pm in the community room of the Yale Loft condominiums (437 New York Ave NW). A main topic of the meeting will be a discussion around Ward redistricting. If you haven’t already, try the interactive redistricting tool the Greater Greater Washington blog created to crowdsource data on the redistricting.

What are your thoughts on redistricting? Do you prefer the Triangle to stay in Ward 6? Or should it be assigned to whatever Ward will keep it connected to Mount Vernon Square?

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Shooting near Megabus Lot on Friday Night

megabusAs noted by the Prince of Petworth a shooting occurred Friday Night at 11:15pm at 1st and K Streets NW near the Megabus pickup/dropoff lot.

SHOOTING_2315 HOURS_1ST AND K ST NW_B/M 5’9″, ALL BLACK CLOTHING SKI MAKS; B/M ORANGE AND WHITE SHIRT DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911

Last week the Washingtonian reported that Megabus is still in negotiations to move their operations to the parking deck at Union Station. Perhaps this incident will increase the sense of urgency.

Image Credit: Daquella manera

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