ANC Preview: Odds and Ends Edition

As we suffer through the last days of this lousy Smarch weather, we can look hopefully on the fact that next week is April. We can get through this! And with the first week of April comes the April ANC meeting. And the agenda for that meeting has been released, and it’s a mix of odds and ends.

French Market

The French Market returns again this year on the weekend of April 29th. It’s a great affair highlighting the stores on the north end of Wisconsin Ave. GM thinks it would be even better if they closed down traffic on Wisconsin Ave. for the event and created a true plaza, but that’s not in the cards. Even taking out a lane of parking to increase space would be great, but the city refuses to shut down only a part of the road for events like this.

Anyway, it’ll still be a great event and wonderful way to support the Book Hill shops.

Georgetown Village

The Georgetown Village is an effort by citizens in Georgetown to replicate a program that has been successful in other neighborhoods, like Capitol Hill. What this program is designed to do is to encourage seniors to age-in-place and continue living in the communities that they’ve grown to love by creating a network to “support the medical, functional, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of older adults.” In real world terms, that could mean rides to the Safeway or a doctor, daily check-ins, and social events, among other things. Small things that can cumulatively really make the difference between staying in your home or not.

Right now, the Georgetown Village effort is recruiting its inaugural members and will hold a kick-off meeting on April 26th at 6:30 at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

Rose Park

Friends of Rose Park are also on the agenda. GM’s not sure but it probably has something to do with the proposed changes to the path that NPS is considering. FORP is strongly against the widening of this path and want bikes banned from it. As it is now, the path is in rough shape and bikes are permitted.

GM is of the view that a compromise can be found: keep allowing bikes, but put up signage telling riders to proceed at a slow pace. Frankly, if they don’t pay attention to those signs, then they’re unlikely to pay any attention to signs telling them they can’t ride at all.

Update: Turns out that this item has nothing to do with the path. Friends of Rose Park simply need a letter from the ANC in support of their activities in order to keep its agreement with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. This is a no-brainer. While GM doesn’t quite agree with the group over the path issue, he is absolutely in support of the work they do for the park. They are a model for park support groups.

These are just the items in the first couple sections of the meeting. The heart of the meeting is a typical grab-bag of private projects, so it’s not likely to have too much of interest. But you never know.

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