The Morning Metropolitan

Safeway by Mrmin123.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Interesting graph by GU grad student showing how much better government services we get nowadays compared with ten years ago, and how equitably those services are spread throughout the city. (Although given the economic and racial diversity of Ward 2 [it goes from Georgetown to Shaw] GM doesn’t think that Wards are necessarily always the best units of socioeconomic measurement).
  • A much better explanation than GM’s rant the other day of why the Circulator change rollout was a communications failure.

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  1. Your “rant” about the Circulator was well-founded. I took the Circulator home from work yesterday and people were quite audibly yelling at the driver because they were trying to go to Trader Joe’s or the eastern part of M Street in Georgetown. They were told they either had to get off at Washington Circle or double back from 30th and K (the first stop in Georgetown.) I saw riders in front of the Spanish Embassy spotting the bus go past and were waving frantically because they were not aware of the change.

    Georgetown area residents/workers/shoppers complained about the shifting of the Circulator route down to K Street, bypassing the eastern half of M Street, when the city tried this previously. Making this very significant change, against public opinion previously expressed on this issue and without public comment, at the 11th hour, is really surprising and unfortunate. On top of which, tourists are going to be bussed past all of the shops between the Four Seasons and Potomac Liquors portion of M Street. One of the selling points of the Circulator for Georgetown merchants is that with its large windows, it would allow tourists coming into Georgetown from Union Station to see the shops between 28th and 31st, be able to push a button, and jump off. How are they going to know that Bank Street Books, Paper Source, etc., are there?

    For my part, since I live down by the waterfront, being able to take the Circulator home along K Street is great for me. However, the net effect of the route change will mean that I take the Circulator less, rather than more frequently. If I have to go to my bank, my parish of St. Stephen’s on 25th and Penn, Trader Joe’s, or Barnes & Noble on the way back to the village, I won’t take the Circulator.

  2. Lindsay Pettingill

    Hi,
    happy to see the link to my work here. I too agree that ward is not always the ideal level of analysis to analyze politics, but found it appropriate given that council members–our elected representatives and most direct interface with local government–are elected by ward. Additionally, some wards– in particular 7 and 8–are consistently invoked in the media as “representative” of particular socio-economic groups (in this case, poor and African American). Stay tuned for more research from me though at the neighborhood level, which is much more attentive to the actual diversity of the District.

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