Summer has come and gone, although the heat and humidity continue to linger. ANC 1C is back from its August recess and ready to move ahead with several new items on the horizon. Please join me and other commissioners for a neighborhood cleanup at 9am on Saturday, September 9, starting at the Kalorama Park Rec Center.
There is still a wide range of concerns on everyone's mind that I am always working to address. September 2023 shows us just how delicate this balance can be: Adams Morgan Day is coming up, the new school year has begun, and some long neglected properties might be seeing rejuvenation in the near future. But violent crime keeps trending in the wrong direction, housing and living expenses are increasingly expensive, and COVID-19 cases are starting to creep back.
It's not always easy balancing the diverse emotions that come out of these issues, and I thank everyone who shares how they feel with me. Whether small or grandiose, our progress comes from our collaboration.
Now let's revisit what happened in August 2023, look toward September 2023, meet our organization + business in focus, and see this month's video briefing.
WHAT WE DID
ANC 1C had a recess from official 1C meetings, which includes committees
Spoke with the Washington Post regarding a fatal shooting on Ontario Road
Signed letter urging improvements at DC's 911 emergency call office
ABCA decided to raise the number of tavern licenses permitted in Adams Morgan from 10 to 15
While an encouraging change, this will not alter anything in practice unless an establishment cancels their liquor license or has it terminated
I will continue to work with colleagues and constituents to address the challenges posed by vacant commercial units
WHAT'S UP NEXT
September 6: ANC 1C general meeting (agenda here, link to attend here)
This will be our second attempt at a hybrid meeting
Attend online or in-person at the Line Hotel's community center
September 9: neighborhood cleanup beginning at 9am outside the Kalorama Park Recreation Center
Gloves and bags will be provided
September 10: Adams Morgan Day will be celebrated with 18th Street NW closed to vehicular traffic
September 23: the 50 States Ride will bring cyclists—including me!—to ANC 1C03 and elsewhere throughout DC
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
Organization in focus: Sanctuary DMV
When they began: 2017
What they do: provide various types of support to migrants in the DC metro area
How you can help: donate, volunteer, or advocate for increased funding as migrants continue to be sent to DC from states on the US–Mexico border
Business in focus: Adams Morgan Farmers Market
Industry: Food and beverage
Address: Unity Park at Euclid, Champlain, and Columbia
In Adams Morgan since: 1972
Operating from May to December, the Adams Morgan Farmers Market features produce, baked goods, and decorative plants every Saturday morning
If you would like to nominate an Adams Morgan business or DC organization (including your own!) to be featured in a future month's update, message me here
See a reference or abbreviation you don't understand? Look it up in my ANC key term index
Don't miss September's video update! Always about 1 minute long; this month's topic is diversity