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Water Balloon Fight Down at the Waterfront Planned

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GM gets a lot of press releases in his email announcing events around the city. Since he doesn’t have time to keep up a calender, or the like, he ends up ignoring most of them. But once in a while one comes along that is just too awesome not to announce. And the phrase “balloon fight” is one that’s going to grab GM’s attention. And so with that, GM is happy to announce that the BID is hosting its first Waterfront Summer Celebration.

The party will take place Sunday June 26th from 12 – 3 down at the Washington Harbour. It will feature food and drinks from Tony and Joes. Then the fun will begin. First it will host a water balloon tossing contest (like an egg toss but with water balloons). Then at about 2:00, the water balloon fight will begin.

GM has no idea how this will be organized, but it’s probably going to be a total blast, so come on down. Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Branding Georgetown

Today, the BID is rolling out its new branding strategy, a culmination of a year-long effort by the BID’s consultant, the Roan Group (and actually the roots of it go back even further). Get ready to start seeing the above image around everywhere.

The brand itself has a couple of elements. First of all, it obviously puts the neighborhood’s name front and center. When the name itself already has such cache, it just makes marketing sense to let it carry the bulk of the weight. What’s interesting about the typeset is that it is a fairly sleek, sans-serif font. GM attended a presentation by the BID of the new brand, and they explained that they considered more “historical” looking typesets, but found that they were hard to read from a distance.

Carrying the “historical” flag for the brand are the curlicues, which are meant to reflect an old calligrapher’s work. Also, in what is GM’s favorite element of the brand, a bright red star sits at the top. It is meant to represent the star bolts that you see around Georgetown, like this:

There’s actually a funny irony in choosing this symbol. These bolts were used to shore up old brick walls when they started to bulge out under their own weight. A bit like Georgetown straining under the weight of its reputation.

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The Morning Metropolitan

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The Morning Metropolitan

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Great article by Georgetowner Shannon Christmas on the problems with the way DC’s zoning laws are enforced, and not enforced.
  • The BIDs rebranding is finally getting its rollout soon. Dave Roffman will be so thrilled.

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Georgetown Businesses and Residents Don’t Support Evans’ Meter Proposal

Today, GM turns over the reins of the Georgetown Metropolitan for a day to his friend and fellow Georgetowner Ken Archer to discuss Jack Evans recent parking proposals:

Councilmember Jack Evans’ proposal to roll back parking meter rates and hours of enforcement in commercial corridors is based, according to Evans, on the complaints and requests of businesses and residents in his ward. However, a survey of organizations representing residents and businesses in Georgetown fails to find anyone asking Evans for his proposal.

His proposal passed out of his committee by a 3-2 vote and Evans frequently points to these complaints in defending the $5.2 million measure.

Evans told the Washington Examiner, “I get consistent complaints about the parking meters everywhere I go in my ward from residents. I can’t go into a restaurant without the owner coming out to complain about the cost of the parking meters.”

Despite this, neither the Georgetown BID nor the largest owner of Georgetown restaurants support the proposal.

The Georgetown ANC and Citizens Association have passed no resolutions and sent no letters to Evans requesting reductions in either meter rates or enforcement hours. In fact, the ANC has been working with DDOT for a couple years to put in place a performance parking pilot that would increase parking turnover and availability by charging market rates at meters. Continue reading

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Help GM Catalog the Worst Signs in the Neighborhood

Right now, GM is working on an effort in behalf of CAG to address some of the poor signage in the neighborhood. You may not realize it, but every single sign in Georgetown needs a permit. Depending on how long that sign is up, that permit needs to be approved by either the D.C. Historic Preservation Office (for signs up 30 days or less) or the Old Georgetown Board (for signs up 30 days or more).

In practice, this is a rule observed mostly in the breach. While most significant store signs do go through the proper approval process, most of the cheap and (frankly) ugly signs like the ones above don’t. So to address the proliferation of non-permitted signs, CAG is working with the BID and other to educate the storekeepers about the rules (see this circular) and to catalog the worst offenders for reporting to the Historical Preservation Office. Continue reading

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The Morning Metropolitan

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Branding Georgetown

Yesterday, Housing Complex writer Lydia DePillis published a thoughtful piece on the ongoing effort of the BID to “rebrand” Georgetown. What she’s talking about is that earlier this year, the BID hired the Roan Group, a professional brand consultant, to advise the BID on the state of brand Georgetown.

While a lot goes into how people throughout the area (and nation) think about Georgetown, there’s only so much that the BID can control. They can’t change the type of stores we have here, for instance, but they can change how those stores are presented, and, more importantly, how they’re perceived. Continue reading

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BID Sticks With a Good Thing

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GM has given the BID a hard time in the past about its website. For the $30,000 it has budgeted for the website, it lacks a good deal of sparkle. In fact, GM has heard it unfavorably compared to one of those fake websites domain name-squatters set up. That’s a bit harsh, but compared with Alexandria’s site, well, there is no comparison:

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