Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Georgia Avenue Main Streets program announced: run by District Bridges and Georgia Ave Thrive

This is neat: yesterday the mayor announced the award of a new DC Main Streets program for Georgia Avenue. It went to a partnership between District Bridges, which runs the Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant Main Street program, and Georgia Avenue Thrive, the local nonprofit that runs First Fridays on Georgia Avenue and lots of other neat projects.

The city calls the DC Main Streets "neighborhood revitalization programs" which work with local businesses, community development professionals and volunteers "to promote economic development, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for all residents."

District Bridges was formerly known as the Columbia Heights Initiative. The new Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street will be led by Jennifer Kuiper of Georgia Avenue Thrive.

Here's a tweet from District Bridges and more from the mayor, who announced it on Monday at Walls of Books:
And from the mayor's office:

On Monday, October 16, at 3 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser will launch the neighborhood revitalization program in Lower Georgia Avenue, designating the area as the newest Main Street in the DC Main Streets program, an initiative that promotes the revitalization of traditional business districts that has generated more than 2,000 jobs in the last two years. DC Main Streets are organized and led by local volunteers and community development professionals – who lead sustainable, community-driven efforts – to promote economic development, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for all residents.
Mayor Bowser will also be joined by Administration officials to participate in a community walk in Ward 1. During the walk, the Mayor will address neighborhood concerns and hear from DC residents and business owners in the Parkview neighborhood. Starting location of the walk will begin at Wall of Books, 3325 Georgia Avenue, NW.


  1. The announcement is vague - what is “lower Georgie Ave” and what are actual boundaries? I wouldn’t consider Walls of Books at 3325 ”lower”. Seems like yet another example of Councilmember Nadeau and the Mayor addressing the lack of responsiveness to long-term community concerns and ANC1A (I.e. Kent Boese) inability to get anything substantive done or represent a majority of constituents’ concerns. His timidity would be great addition to the Council!

  2. This has been in the works for a long time as far as I know, it's not some conspiracy theory or whatever. Groups applied for it a while ago and the Main Streets program chose who would be the best for it. I think it goes from NH to Florida Avenue, or around that area.


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