I’m looking for assistance with three projects. Please contact me if you can help!
Fall Safety Festival
ANC6B is contemplating co-sponsoring a Fall Safety Festival, similar to the event held after the Maslin assault in 2012. We envision a family oriented, community-building event to increase public awareness of Capitol Hill safety issues. The prospective Fall Safety Festival would be on October 19, from 10am until 4pm in Providence and Folger Park and will be coordinated with Brent School’s Fall Festival/Book Sale.
To make this a viable endeavor, we’re looking for 10-12 volunteers to commit 10-15 hours and attend 3-4 meetings over the next two months to help organize the event. Please contact me or Chuck Burger (cburger) if you’re willing to commit.
Updated Sidewalk Survey
Every year, ANC6B conducts a sidewalk survey to identify and prioritize sidewalks requiring restoration or repair. We provide a consolidated list to DDOT prior to the fiscal year, and they sequence their work accordingly. This has proven to be a win-win for all stakeholders: we save DDOT time, our sidewalks get repaired more quickly and tax payer funds are expended more efficiently. Oh, and we all get a more walkable community. I’m starting the SMD prioritization process and appreciate your help in identifying problem spots.
I am also trying to catalog and seek IMMEDIATE repair of the numerous spots destroyed and asphalt patched by the utilities (Washington Gas and DC Water). I hypothesize that this past Spring, Washington Gas surged in an effort to repair numerous leaking gas lines across the City, leaving the SMD dotted with asphalt patches as a result. When any of the utilities rip up the sidewalk to access underground utilities, they are required by law to restore the sidewalk to its original condition within 45-days. Clearly that hasn’t happened. If you can send me a photo w/ address of any patches on your block I’ll assemble them into a single document and get action to restore the sidewalks in accordance with the law. See attached for an example.
Alley Condition Survey
While we’ve been successful in improving the process for sidewalk repair over the past few years, the same can not be said for alleys. We’ve had some victories—for example the "Golden Alley" between 9th and 10th Street off Independence, but this took a significant amount of effort to push through the process. This is in part because DDOT has historically not allocated funds to alley repair, and in part a function of their bureaucratic tendencies.
I’d like to take a different tack, and apply the same strategy to alleys that I’ve applied to sidewalks. My objective is to prepare an informal (read layperson) condition survey of every alley in the SMD. The survey will assess the drainage and mobility of each alley, include photographs and flag any known issues with sub-surface infrastructure. Once complete, I’ll present this to DDOT and ask them to assign work order numbers to those alleys that fall into the top quartile of "distressed" alleys. If you’re able to help me document the condition of your alley please let me know.
Thanks in advance for your help. It takes a village!