The May edition of the MVSNA newsletter included the following:
Over the past month, MVSNA has worked closely with the city (which owns the property), the parking lot operator (which has a 2-year lease), the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District Director Bill McLeod, Thais Austin of the 555 Massachusetts Avenue Condo Association, several ANC 6C Commissioners, and the future developers to bring life to the lot. We are in discussions with Diverse Markets to have a Sunday crafts and farmers’ market at the site. We have also organized a series of outdoor movies for the community on Sunday evenings. At this stage, we are finalizing the plans and will soon begin fundraising. We are hopeful to make this idea a reality in about one month.
While I support the idea of temporary urbanism at the 5th & Eye site the community is in an unfortunate position of not having the ramp up time to plan and secure a quality concept that can happen this summer. An Outdoor Movie Night series doesn’t have as much overhead to coordinate plan as the alternatives so I can understand how it became the focus of the MVSNA. But I’m concerned that it’s destined to fail. Will residents really want to lay a blanket down on the asphalt of a caged in surface parking lot to watch a movie?
Would you attend a movie series at the 5th & Eye parking lot?