And just like that we've reached the end of 2022. What a busy year!
While there is no shortage of projects to look forward to, it's worth reflecting on what has gotten us to this point. It's been a year of growth, loss, perseverance, rebirth, and so much else. The COVID-19 pandemic lingers, but we have thankfully seen circumstances become much safer than before. That's translated to more neighborhood gatherings, volunteer events, and more frequent interactions between neighbors.
As is always the case, we have plenty left to pursue. That includes improving pedestrian safety, criminal justice, dignified housing, a fair labor market, and further building a city where our public spaces are clean and available to all. We're making progress and we'll continue to grow those successes!
Let's look back at November 2022, take a peek at December 2022, meet our resident + business in focus, and see this month's video briefing.
WHAT WE DID
Supported (6-0) a stipulated liquor license for online vendor Eye for Wine
Passed a resolution (6-0) supporting temporary changes to how settlement agreements are treated
Per direction from ABRA, this was done to allow establishments to be open during early morning World Cup matches
Passed a resolution (7-0) calling for several DC officials to address the blighted property at 2920 Ontario Rd
I have been in contact with neighbors regarding blighted properties in ANC 1C03; please let me know if there are any other neglected properties nearby you feel could benefit from a similar resolution
Supported (7-0) a historic preservation application for 2311 18th St, which is slated to become a hostel
Supported (5-0-2) a grant to the Platform of Hope to purchase computers for families that participate in their program
Represented ANC 1C at the November 2022 Adams Morgan Partnership BID board meeting
Submitted testimony to DC Council supporting legislation intended to better protect street vendors
Distributed a follow-up survey assessing neighbors' experiences of the 18th Street pedestrian zone
If you haven't submitted a response yet, do so by the end of the day on December 7th!
WHAT'S UP NEXT
December 7: ANC 1C general meeting (agenda here, link to attend here)
December 19: DPW is scheduled to begin a second round of leaf collection in Adams Morgan until the end of the month
Ongoing: many liquor licenses in ANC 1C are up for renewal in 2022
Please reach out if you have any feedback—positive or negative—on establishments
Ongoing: DC Water is finishing up the replacement of lead pipes on Kalorama Rd NW
Work on the 1800 block is scheduled to end by December 25, 2022, with street repaving December 7-14
Please continue to contact me with concerns, as this project's schedule has changed multiple times
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
Resident in focus: Emma Baccellieri
Lives on: Columbia Rd
Originally from: Cary, North Carolina
In Adams Morgan since: 2019 (following several years in Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant)
For fun: Baseball (a self-proclaimed meticulous scorekeeper!), crossword puzzles + other word games, and baking. Emma is also on a very slow quest to ride every Amtrak route
For work: staff writer at Sports Illustrated
Favorite part of living in Adams Morgan: "I love how vibrant it is—it never gets old that any day, any time, I can head down 18th Street and be surrounded by people from all different walks of life. Plus a few specific things: bagels from So’s Your Mom, empanadas from Julia’s, everything at Lapis, and afternoons reading in Kalorama Park."
Be sure to read some of Emma's outstanding portfolio of work at emmabaccellieri.com, including one story she's particularly proud of about labor unions in baseball
Business in focus: The Bottle Shop
Industry: Food and beverage (wine, beer, and spirits)
Address: 2216 18th St NW
In Adams Morgan since: 2016
Consider giving them some patronage as they recover from a recent act of vandalism <3
If you would like to nominate an Adams Morgan 1C03 business or resident (including yourself!) 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 December's video update! Always about 1 minute long; this month's topic is end of term transitions