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Group Wants K and Wisconsin Intersection Named in Honor of Waterfront Park Patron

The Friends of the Georgetown Waterfront Park are petitioning the District government to name the intersection of K and Wisconsin after the late Senator Charles Percy, of Illinois. While Senator, Percy took a keen interest in the state of the Georgetown waterfront. He ultimately chaired the Georgetown Waterfront Commission that was the primary force that lead to the reinvention of the formerly industrial strip as a wonderful public park. In a poignant series of events, Percy passed away after a long bout with Alzheimer’s just days after the final phase of the park was opened last September. Continue reading

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Why Not: Build a Ferry to Roosevelt Island?

Last weekend, as GM was taking in the newly completed waterfront park, his eyes (as well as many of the eyes of his fellow layabouts) were drawn to Roosevelt Island. It sits so tantalizingly close to Georgetown, yet it’s a true pain in the ass to visit. From the waterfront park, it’s over a mile walk across the Key Bridge and along a highway. This situation inspired GM to dust off his “Why Not” feature to ponder: why not build a ferry between the Georgetown Waterfront Park and Roosevelt Island?

The distance between the park and the island is just over 100 yards. It would be possible to build a small pedestrian ferry to shuttle small groups of people back and forth from the waterfront park amphitheater to the island. All that would be needed would be a small dock at either end. The ferry could be wire guided or simply be a small independent boat.

Connected this way, the two parks would truly complement each other. The waterfront park is beautifully landscaped and sunny, but it doesn’t provide that much in the way of footpaths. To walk a mile, you’d probably have to walk in a circle a couple times. Roosevelt Island, on the other hand, is almost nothing but paths and wild nature. With an easy connection, visitors could come to the waterfront park, have a picnic, and then make their way over to the island for a hike. Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Former Senator Charles Percy, who was instrumental in the construction of the Georgetown Waterfront Park, died on Saturday, just days after the park he dreamed of was finally brought to completion.
  • And speaking of that park, check out how much kids love that new fountain.
  • In advance of more Zoning Commission hearings, GU rolls out several this-is-us-trying-to-please-the-neighbors initiatives. This is what’s going to happen: GU will argue that the earlier zoning commission testimonies need to be discounted since these measures now will fix the complaints. And the neighbors will argue that the measures won’t fix the problem and that this is exactly why they wanted the record closed for everything but the DDOT issues.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • The final piece of the Georgetown Waterfront Park opened last night. Check out some pics from William Newton. Looks like the water feature is going to be awfully popular with kids.
  • Good news for Georgetown seniors.
  • GM heard some rumors about the mall: Target is pulling out, and now Vornado is targeting Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom’s, and/or Jeffrey’s. GM’s not really a department store shopper, so he would much prefer Target, but the department stores are more consistent with the neighborhood’s shops.

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