Thursday, May 28, 2020

District Of Columbia to Reopen on May 29th, 2020

Like most cities in the United States, the District of Columbia has been under a stay-at-home order since Mayor Bowser announced it on March 30th, 2020. Since then, more than 105,000 people have filed unemployment compensation claims in the District. Following the CDC's and Government regulations that recommend a state (city) have a 14 day decrease in COVID-19 cases prior to reopening, Mayor Bowser and The District of Columbia have decided to reopen the city on Friday, May 29th, 2020.
With venue closures, and many bars and restaurants forced to close because of the lockdown restrictions- many service and hospitality industry workers were suddenly faced with the reality of being unemployed. Those who kept their jobs faced reduced hours and the risk of being exposed to the virus themselves. The reopening of the city and it's business are instrumental to the livelihood of the residents, and the local economy.

Under Phase 1 of the Mayor's reopening plan (link under), many of the recommendations set into place under the stay-at-home order will not be mandated, but still strongly recommended.

1. During Phase 1: Individuals working in, living in, and visiting Washington D.C., are no longer required to stay in their residences.
2. When leaving their residence, all individuals must continue to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet from persons not in their household. except if such distance is impossible to maintain (such as when obtaining medical services or a haircut)
3. Wearing a face-mask or face-covering is one tool to protect an individual's own health, and health of others, but it does not replace social distancing. DOH guidelines about masks must be followed, as must the applicable orders of any regulatory agency for a specific activity. Such directives can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov/phaseone

With various cities and states reopening their doors, we can only hope that we have, and will continue to flatten the curve of this pandemic. By following applicable regulations and rules, the District of Columbia is projected to make progress towards an economic recovery.
" Provided a gradual reopening of businesses starts this summer and there's not another pandemic-related shutdown, DeWitt estimates that actual recovery will start in the fall and take up to two years. Even then, the recovery will be uneven- he estimated that half of the city's bars and restaurants that fully closed down won't reopen, and that hotels could take up to five years to see their occuplancy rates and revenue return to normal. But he did sound one note of cautious optimism.
"The recovery will probably be better than most places." he said. "The federal government is here, (and) don't underestimate the resiliency of the restaurant industry and other entrepreneurs to come back. But it's a hit. "

sources: https://dcist.com/story/20/04/24/d-c-faces-700-million-budget-shortfall-full-recovery-expected-to-take-two-years/
https://coronavirus.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/coronavirus/page_content/attachments/Situational-Update-Presentation_052720.pdf

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

How to Participate in the DC 2020 Primary Election

Coronavirus. Covid-19. Pandemic. The world is currently turned upside down and everyone is still working on adjusting to the new 'normal'. Voting in an election is the last thing on your mind, right?

What if I told you that you can still vote, without leaving the comfort of your home? To make things even easier, you have three submittal options once your ballot is filled out. If only everything in life were that easy!

You can request a mailed ballot or submit one online by visiting dcboe.org. Feel free to check out the original video below for more information.

If possible, please request your absentee ballot and help us continue to slow the spread.


Friday, May 1, 2020

Have You Completed the Census?

Thank you to Mr. Kent Boese, Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A for distributing this information. 

If you haven't done so already, please take time today (it takes less than 10 minutes) and complete the census. I cannot stress how important it is to the community that everyone is accounted for and I would love to see Columbia Heights's percentages improve so that we can take advantage of increased funds.

The full article is included below:


National Census Day was last week on April 1st, yet may residents in DC still have not taken the Census. In fact, the percentage of households that have taken the Census as of April 4, 2020, is 42.8%, which is behind the national count of 45.5%.

In Ward 1, while the response in some census tracts is above the citywide average, many are significantly behind. It is important for every single resident to be counted for many reason – significant reasons being that the Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year for roads, schools, hospitals, fire departments, and school lunch programs – including federal spending related to the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts.

Ward 1 Census response as of April 4, 2020

Below is the data for Ward 1 census tracts. I have bolded the response rates below the city average. (See attached image for locations of census tracts) I have also indicated ANC and neighborhood to help.

Citywide response 42.8%
  • Tract 27.02 – 45.8% (ANC1D) – Mt. Pleasant
  • Tract 27.03 – 48.9% (ANC1D) – Mt. Pleasant
  • Tract 27.04 – 36.2% (ANC1D) – Mt. Pleasant
  • Tract 28.01 – 43.5% (ANC1A) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 28.02 – 39.6% (ANC1A) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 29 – 42.4% (ANC1A) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 30 – 40.8% (ANC1A) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 31 – 46.3% (ANC1A) – Park View/Pleasant Plains
  • Tract 32 – 41.2% (ANC1A) – Park View
  • Tract 34 – 37.5% (ANC1B) – Howard University/LeDroit Park
  • Tract 35 – 33.1% (ANC1B) – Pleasant Plains
  • Tract 36 – 45.5% (ANC1B) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 37.01 – 47% (ANC1B) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 37.02 – 35.1% (ANC1B) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 38.01 – 55.4% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan
  • Tract 38.02 – 48.1% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan
  • Tract 39.01 – 50.4% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan/Lanier Heights
  • Tract 39.02 – 52.5% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan/Lanier Heights
  • Tract 40.01 – 51.9% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan/Kalorama
  • Tract 40.02 – 49.8% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan/Washington Heights
  • Tract 44 – 52.4% (ANC1B) -- Shaw
How You can Participate

To take the census online, all you have to do is go to https://2020census.gov/en.html and answer a few questions related to the people living at your address on April 1, 2020. The list of 17 phone numbers to respond by phone (for multiple languages and TDD) can be found at https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html

Here are some important things to know before you get started.

  • EVERYONE can respond now via online or phone.  You don’t need your invitation letter or unique ID code. Just put in you address at 2020census.gov
  • Hit “next” twice to skip the origin/ethnicity question if you don’t want to answer it
  • Self-response is more critical than ever during this time of social distancing.
  • It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet someone in person or leave your house.
  • Even if a person misplaces their invitation with the unique ID, they can still self-respond by providing their address online or over the phone.
  • Accurate population data will help in recovery efforts post-COVID-19.
  • Filling out the 2020 Census will not impact whether you receive a stimulus check.  Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for any government benefits, including any potential stimulus package. 

How do I follow the response rate for my neighborhood?

It is easy to get updates on how the Census is going. Here’s how:


Thank you to everyone for your participating in the Census. The few minutes you dedicate to the Census today will result in support and funding critical to our community.
Kent

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Here's a list of Columbia Heights restaurants and bars doing pickup food and booze

It's a pretty crazy time in our area and around the world lately, and many businesses have been affected. Some in our area have closed (hopefully temporarily) but many bars and restaurants are open for delivery and takeout of both food and booze.

UPDATE 4/24: Added Reliable Tavern
UPDATE: 4/30: Added Qualia, Homestead, Pho 14, Jackie Lee's, Moreland's, Slash Run

We went through and compiled a list, let us know in the comments if we missed any:
Mi Cuba and Flip It Diner seem to be open but I can't get more info. Le Caprice DC says they are doing delivery via Caviar but don't seem to have any items available. 

Other places like Letena, Queen’s English, Wonderland, Bravo Bar, and Looking Glass are closed.

A few closed spots are also selling gift cards and/or merchandise, like Colony ClubBad Saint, Queen's English and The Coupe.

In addition, a number of places have set up fundraisers for staff:

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Wonderland, Looking Glass Lounge launch fundraisers for staff


Many businesses and workers in the Columbia Heights area are hurting during the current COVID-19 outbreak, and many businesses have closed. Beloved local watering holes Wonderland Ballroom and Looking Glass Lounge have both launched fundraisers for their staff.

If you've been to either and enjoyed yourself, or just want to help out some out-of-work folks, take a look. Here's the link for Wonderland and Looking Glass.

There is also a neat effort called the DC Virtual Tip Jar, where you can donate directly to bartenders and staff at various bars and restaurants around the city. It includes links and also details like who doesn't have health insurance and may need extra help.

If you know of any other local bars, restaurants or businesses doing fundraisers for their staff, please let us know in the comments.

Friday, February 21, 2020

D.C. Parks & Rec Summer Camp registration opens soon!

It’s still chilly outside but it’s already time to get ready for summer camp!
Registration for D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Camp begins Monday, February 24 at noon. Residents outside of D.C. can register on Monday, March 23.
For more information and online registration, visit https://dpr.dc.gov/service/summer-camps

2020 Registration Schedule:
Summer Camp Registration will begin for DC residents on Monday, February 24 and run daily until Friday, February 28, 2020. Registration for camps will open each day at 12 noon as follows:
Monday, February 24:
REC Camp (ages 6-13)
Jelleff Summer Camp (ages 6-12)
Tuesday, February 25:
Discovery Camp (ages 6-10)
Wednesday, February 26:
Little Explorers Camp (ages 3-5)
Thursday, February 27:
Sports Camps (ages 5-13) (Cheer, Multi-Sport, Basketball, Soccer, Boxing, Kickball)
Aqua Day Camp (ages 6-13)
Friday, February 28:
Enrichment Camp (ages 3-12)
Specialty Camps (ages 4-13) (Ballet, Verano, Little Engineers, PlayDC, Summer Engineers, Culinary)
Monday, March 23rd:
Non-DC residents can begin registering for DPR camps.

D.C.'s cold weather alert is still active!

DC's Cold Weather Emergency Alert remains ACTIVATED. Additional services are available to neighbors experiencing homelessness.
If you see someone in need of shelter, call:
  • The Shelter Hotline @ 202-399-7093 or 311.
  • 911 if there’s an imminent safety risk.



Thursday, February 20, 2020

Protected bike lanes coming to 14th Street this summer

Bicyclists and bus riders in Columbia Heights could see a clearer 14th Street this summer with the addition of a new shared bike and bus lane.
D.C.'s Department of Transportation will implement a year-long shared lane demonstration project this summer along 14th Street between Euclid and Newton Streets NW, according to a February 20 letter from the department to ANC 1 commissioners and Ward 1 representatives
DDOT will create a 12-foot-wide shared bus and bike lane on 14th Street between Euclid and Irving Streets NW by removing 64 parking spaces and combining the road space with existing bike lanes. The department plans to consolidate bus stops from one stop per block to a stop on every other block. DDOT will also remove and redesign the traffic island north of Park Road to improve safety.
Comments on the plan must be filed in writing by Thursday, April 2, 2020, with the District Department of Transportation, Raka Choudhury, Transit Delivery Division, 55 M Street SE Washington, DC 20003 or by email at raka.choudhury@dc.gov. For more information on the plan, visit wiki.ddot.dc.gov.