Photo by Raoul Pop.
What’s ailing Wisconsin Ave.? Despite being in one of the most popular retail districts in the country, the strip is littered with vacancies and discount clothing stores? What gives? How did it get this way? And what can be done by the city, the BID, and the citizens to turn it around? And why aren’t there more stores that serve residents, like a hardware store?
Well tonight these questions, and more, will be on the agenda of the Citizens Association of Georgetown’s November membership meeting. On hand to discuss these matters will be Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, Chairman of Western Development, Herb Miller, and President of Asadoorian Commercial brokerage, John Asadoorian. Each of these men play a big role in what Georgetown looks like today, and will likely play a big role in what it looks like in ten years and beyond. Evans is about to be reelected, Miller’s Western Development is still a big player in the Georgetown development scene, and Asadoorian is active throughout the neighborhood getting businesses and landlords together.
GM himself will be moderator, but he’ll keep his role to just tossing out the questions to the panel and getting out of the way.
The meeting is at the old Georgetown Theater. Yes, seriously, it is. This recently vacated space is in many ways a symbol of the decline of Wisconsin Ave. Meeting there is meant to be a little bit of a statement, but it’s also just a chance to see inside of this historic structure now that the jewelry booths have been removed.
The reception begins at 7:00 pm; it will be catered by the new Paul Bakery. The main program will begin at 7:30. You don’t have to be a member to come, so please join us!