“Acts of Arriving will be a multi-site project inviting individuals to reflect on their connection to place by exploring the meaning of community and reflecting on how one finds/creates a home. There will be two parts to Acts of Arriving, the first will be multi-hour workshops in the various locals in which community members will be able to drop in at anytime to participate in various activities, including a visual art project, participating in a group dance session, helping to create an aspiration wall for their community, being interviewed (on video) about their connection to place, and watching live dance and music performances.
The second part of Acts of Arriving will be 45-minute interactive performances in each location which will include dance, live music, audience participation elements, spoken word developed from historical and contemporary sources, and ending with a big ole’ dance party.
The performances will take place on the same day, with the performers walking from site to site, beginning in Mount Rainier, MD and traveling to Brookland, Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park and ending at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Acts of Arriving aims to develop a greater understanding of place, connection, and community.
Acts of Arriving has been in development for the past year and a half, with research including personal histories of the collaborating artists, genealogy, histories of the locals, larger themes of immigration and migration, and ideas/images/impressions of the creative act of making a home.
Photo of Tuesday’s Red Line metro mess by @wowindc
Tuesday, when the Red line was single tracking and it was impossible to get anywhere, I was on Connecticut Ave in Woodley Park trying to get a cab. Twenty minutes and no cab, and there are others next to me trying as well. Then this couple pulls up and opens the window and the woman says, We’re going down Connecticut to U street and we know the metro is a mess. Do you guys want a ride that far? We all jumped in, and sped down near Dupont Circle where we all needed to be.
I don’t know who these people were, but they absolutely saved me.”
“The American Planning Association (APA) today announced that Adams Morgan has earned the designation as one of the 10 Great Neighborhoods in America, and Pennsylvania Avenue has earned the designation as one of the 10 Great Streets for 2014.
APA’s Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods and Great Public Spaces feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners.
“Recognizing these special places highlights the role planning plays in adding value to communities,” said William Anderson, FAICP, president of APA. “Planners, working with others, help build better communities in a variety of settings, from urban to rural; the result – better neighborhoods, cities, and regions. We applaud these efforts and congratulate this year’s designees.”
Since Great Places in America was launched in 2007, APA has designated 230 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces. Places are announced annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.
New this year, APA is seeking input from the public for the “31st Great Place Designee.” Interested citizens can nominate their Great Place by commenting on APA’s Facebook page or via Twitter using hashtag #mygreatplace. The “31st Great Place Designee” will be announced on Friday, October 31, 2014.
PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE in WASHINGTON, D.C.
Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., is often called “America’s Main Street” due to its symbolic role in the country’s development. Since the first inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in 1805 to celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s second inauguration, Pennsylvania Avenue has been the site of many historic events, including presidential inaugurations, state funerals, protests, marches and celebrations. Pennsylvania Avenue has also served as the backdrop for the fights for workers’ rights, women’s suffrage and civil rights. The original L’Enfant Plan in 1791 called for Pennsylvania Avenue to serve as a one-mile “grand avenue” to connect the “Congress House” to the “Presidential Palace.” While the visual connection between the White House and the Capitol was interrupted by the construction of the Treasury Building, the view of the Capitol has been preserved and enhanced by the buildings on either side, which are significantly set back from the street. Today, Pennsylvania Avenue contains a mix of civic spaces, public buildings, monuments, parks, local government, residences, hotels, theaters and museums. To learn more click here.
ADAMS MORGAN in WASHINGTON, D.C.
Adams Morgan is a vibrant neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C., known for its historic row houses, lively nightlife and cultural diversity. The international shops, restaurants, annual festivals, weekly farmers markets and nightlife draw visitors from all over the District and its suburbs, particularly on weekends. The neighborhood is incredibly pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, particularly with the completion of the Streetscape Project in 2012. This 17-month, $6.8 million project upgraded public spaces and infrastructure, widened sidewalks for pedestrians, added shared bike lanes, planted 59 new trees, installed 71 new bike racks, installed new outdoor globe lighting, improved pedestrian crosswalks for safety and made other critical infrastructure improvements. Adams Morgan contains approximately 700 historic properties, and the D.C. Office of Planning’s Comprehensive Plan in 2006 reiterated the District’s commitment to protecting the neighborhood’s defining row house fabric and architectural character. To lean more click here.
In addition to Pennsylvania Avenue and Adams Morgan in Washington, DC being designated a Great Street and a Great Neighborhood respectively, the following nine other streets and nine other neighborhoods were also recognized: (more…)
“At approximately 10:30 p.m. [Friday] the Third District Crime Suppression Team was conducting an operation in the area of 4th and Bryant Street, NW. The Crime Suppression Team observed a suspect operating an ATV and drinking a bottle of alcohol.
The suspect was arrested for Operating a Recreational Vehicle on Public Space and Drinking and Public.”
Ed. Note: Last week we learned about a new Scooter Tactical Unit and an arrest was made at 14th and U St, NW. Though this arrest was made by a CST – a reader shares an email with MPD confirming that there is a new unit has been created to deal with these issues: “We have recently started a Scooter Tact Unit to look into matters just like these. [However] It is our policy not to chase these ATV because of the dangers that it poses to innocence citizens.”
Black Hebrew Israelites at Columbia Heights Metro in 2009
First a reader reports:
“At 6pm, the Black Hebrew Israelites were preaching in the CH metro plaza. Someone walked up and took issue with their posters – there were very graphic pictures, talking about abortion and the KKK. A fight broke out between them and another bystander, and the first guy was hit in the head and knocked to the ground. Not too much bloodd, but the assailant took off – police and EMS were there within 2-3 minutes.
The crowd had a real problem for the next half hour as well with the Israelites; it looked like the police eventually asked them to leave because people were starting to yell at them for causing the fight.”
Another reader reports:
“Motorcyclist hit at the corner of 3rd and K St NE about 10 minutes ago [5:45pm]. Looks like the driver of the car stayed on the scene.
Also, during the 5pm afternoon commute on the red line headed to silver spring- Farragut North riders were met by a group of teenagers on the last car of an 8 car train throwing eggs. The inside of the car was covered in egg yolk/shells and people on the platform were also hit. The kids got off at Metro Center. Metro Police was notified, but I’m not sure if the kids were caught.”
“[The driver of the motorbike] popped the wheelie and I guess her shirt or something got caught on his handlebars and he lifted her into the air with the bike and somehow the bike threw her off, right in front of my car,” he recalled. “I seen her, like a bullet comes toward my car, so I stepped on the brakes.”
Cheek said he found her partially underneath his car, not moving. Her injuries were extensive – a broken pelvic bone, broken tailbone and a left broken leg, among other injuries.
In the meantime, her cousin said the biker crashed as well – but she said he stood up, looked back and laughed before jumping on the other rider’s bike and escaped.
“After last night’s incident, which could have in all likelihood killed this victim , I would like to know how we as a community can ban together and get some serious changes to the laws and enforcement. We cannot sit back and watch these people terrorize our neighborhoods and streets any longer without consequence. Why does it take a near fatal hit and run to bring about change?”
Another reader shares a conversation they had with MPD after the earlier reports posted here. MPD responded:
“I understand your frustration and don’t agree that we are more concerned about illegal riders than residents…we are acting within our scope of policy and safety for all ….we will continue to use surveillance via the helicopter and try to identify the perpetrators/arrest when we can …. Also seize those vehicles that are on public space when able to do such safely .. This is a challenge for all of law enforcement.
you may call 911 and MPD would respond to this however we will not pursue them/chase them around the streets.”
“For avid readers, who would like a relatively quiet place to read, yet in a somewhat amenable location for eats and coffee, where are good locations in DC?”
I’d def. be curious to hear folks recommendations but I’d also like to expand a bit – where are the places you go to unplug in DC – if you just want to relax and breathe? Besides my go to Meridian Hill Park, when I’m on the Hill I love the Bartholdi fountain and the nearby Botanic Gardens. Where are your favorite spots to just chill (indoors and outside?) And of course for folks who like to read/study away from home – where are your go to spots?
And here’s the view from those seats pictured above: