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Several Transportation Ideas Proposed Affecting Georgetown

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Recently several DC pols have issued some proposals that could significantly impact Georgetown’s transportation mix. Some of the ideas are good, others bad.

Let’s start with the good.

Up until Chris Ziemann left DDOT last year, Ward 2 had a dedicated DDOT planner. This position can coordinate transportation projects across the ward. Further it can lobby DDOT on the ward’s behalf and bring a unified vision across multiple projects and neighborhoods. Unfortunately since Chris left, the position has remained empty and Mayor Gray recommended it simply be cut completely. Councilmember Tommy Wells, however, proposed that this position–as well as the vacant ward planner positions for Wards 3 and 5–be filled again. This is a good proposal.

Additionally, Wells proposed creating a position titled Parking Czar. This individual would spend all his or her time addressing the parking issue. In particular, this person would bring life back to the stalled effort to bring performance parking to DC. This is something that GM has lobbied to bring to Georgetown for a while. In short: right now we price street parking too low and as a result visitors troll the neighborhood looking for free parking rather than simply driving to the pay garages. This increases traffic, encourages people to leave their car parked for as long as possible and makes it more difficult for residents to find a parking spot near their homes. By raising the price of parking enough that there is always at least 10-15% of the street spaces open, we can encourage more turnover. Plus, the additional parking fees will get plowed back into the neighborhood in the form of streetscape improvements, and the like.

Having a parking czar will make it much more likely that such a policy can come to Georgetown. Continue reading

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ANC Round Up: Bold Face Names Edition

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Last night’s ANC meeting was another brutally long affair, but it featured no less than the director of DDOT and two Councilmembers. So rather than dawdle, GM will jump right in.

Left Turns on Wisconsin

Gabe Klein, the DDOT Director, came to speak before the ANC on the possibility of allowing cars going eastbound on M to turn left onto Wisconsin Ave. As of now, that turn is prohibited, so if you are coming that way on M and want to head up Wisconsin, you have to turn left on Bank, 33rd, or 31st.

Klein appeared relatively agnostic about the change. It’s possible but some sacrifices will have to be made. So long as the community is willing to make those sacrifices, Klein stated, then DDOT can make the change.

Essentially it comes down to this: if DDOT were to simply to start allowing a left turn from M without any changes to the lanes, the wait time at the intersection would increase significantly (the average wait on the AM rush hour would go from 197 seconds to 358 seconds; the PM wait would go from 57 seconds to 177 seconds). So that’s not an option.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Burleith man wages Internet-based war against loud Georgetown students.
  • Jack Evans probably out of Council Chair race before it even started.

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Could Georgetown Join Ward Three?

It’s census time again. As GM prepared his ten answers, he started to wonder, could this census lead to Georgetown shifting over to Ward Three?

Most people are familiar with the Congressional redistricting that occurs as a result of the decennial census, but the District redistricts itself as well. To ensure that all eight wards are roughly the same population, the District redraws the maps every ten years.

Generally, when a ward grows in population it will shrink in size come redistricting time. Ten years ago, Ward Two did just that:

The 2000 census found that Ward Two had about 82,000 residents. The average per ward total in 2000 was about 71,000. So Ward Two had to lose about 11,000 residents to slim down to size. The map above shows where Ward Two gave up land (shown in red) and where it gained land (shown in green). As you can see, Ward Two gave up the entire residential portion of Southwest DC, a significant chunk of downtown, and the easternmost quarter of the Palisades. It gained Kalorama and a handful of blocks in north Dupont/U St. Continue reading

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About Your Tax Bill…

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Last week the Washington City Paper published the neighborhood-by-neighborhood map of how residential real estate assessments rose or fell from 2008 to 2009. It came as no big surprise to GM that Georgetown’s numbers were down. Specifically, the total assessment of Georgetown residential property fell from $3,743,858,260 to $3,666,092,440, a 2.08% drop.

So does that mean Georgetowners can expect a lower tax bill next year?

Probably not, unless you’re a recent newcomer. Continue reading

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ANC Round Up: Jack Evans Edition

Last night ANC2E met for its March session. While GM wasn’t too hopeful for an interesting meeting, he really ought to know by now that it doesn’t take an exciting agenda to have a noteworthy meeting. On top of the list of items worth noting was an extended riff by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans.

Jack Speaks

Councilmember Jack Evans made his semi-annual trip to ANC2E. He started out giving a stump speech on the state of the District’s finances. But from there he really just went off in a bunch of directions. For the sake of brevity, GM is just going to list the real choice quotations:

  • “The District of Columbia remains one of the strongest financial entities in America, state, county, or city. Our management of our finances since the Control Board Era, 1995 and 1996 to the present, has really been astute.” (Keep in mind that Evans has been the Chair of the Finance Committee for much of that time.)
  • “My goal as a resident of Georgetown has always been to improve the infrastructure of Georgetown. When I first moved here back in 1994, Georgetown was a wreck.”
  • “I always think it’s a bad decision when you are starting to run deficits in your government to raise taxes to cover them because it is a short term fix for a long term problem…The only way to deal with it is to get to the structure problem, you’re spending too much money…You can never raise taxes in a recessionary environment.” (Proving once again that this isn’t really a one party town; We’ve got Republicans in office, they just call themselves Democrats). Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Georgetown just got slightly more Schwarzeneggerish.
  • Come out to Nationals Park for Ward Two Night Out September 9th. Pick up your free Nats tickets at Jack Evans office in the Wilson Building by next Wednesday.
  • The Georgetown Current reports that the “Georgetown Panorama”, a 1977 book that contains continuous panoramic photos of M St. and Wisconsin, will be updated.
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ANC May Preview

Next Monday, ANC2E will meet for their May session. GM’s hopeful that like the several months before it, this coming meeting is not nearly as boring in person as it looks on paper. GM crosses his fingers and trudges through the highlights for you after the jump:

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