Let’s start with the good news: The emergency family shelter for Ward 3 planned for Idaho Avenue, which we supported, was approved by the Zoning Board! See our April email for more details.
. . . and now for the bad. According to Richard Florida, a leading urban researcher and senior editor at The Atlantic, “new urban luddites,” his stronger term for NIMBYs, are damaging the sustainability and vitality of major cities. As noted in his recently published book, The New Urban Crisis, opposition to expanding residential housing in cities is hurting them. “By limiting density and clustering, NIMBYs hold back the urban innovation that powers growth.” This article from City Lab summarizes his findings.
DC is suffering from this malaise. There is a critical lack of affordable housing on many levels in DC and limited opportunities to build housing in Ward 3 and elsewhere in DC. Building more housing is adversely affected by restrictive zoning and portions of the DC Comprehensive Plan, as recently interpreted in court.
This informs our on-going efforts to urge amendment of the Comprehensive Plan to be less restrictive when it comes to residential density in Ward 3, especially on and near commercial and transit corridors and near metro stations. Amendments to the current Comp Plan must be submitted to the Office of Planning by May 26th.
If you are interested in getting more involved with Ward3Vision, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need you!
Ward3Vision Steering Committee
Upcoming community events and meetings
Get more involved in community affairs by attending one of these upcoming events or meetings.
Coalition for Smarter Growth 20th Anniversary
20th Anniversary Celebration
Tenleytown Main Street Events
See events calendar here.
Van Ness Main Street Events
See events calendar here.
Jazz at Van Ness
UDC Arts Center at Van Ness
Washington Performing Arts Society is giving performances at UDC Arts Center at Van Ness while their space at the Kennedy Center is being renovated.
Pianist Pirill Gerstein
Ward 3 ANC meetings
Get more involved in Ward 3 by attending one of these upcoming ANC meetings. Note that each meeting’s agenda may change between today and the actual meeting, so please check the ANC’s website for updates.
ANC 3B meeting (ANC3B.org)
ANC 3C meeting (ANC3C.org)
ANC 3D meeting (ANC3D.org)
ANC 3E meeting (ANC3E.org)
ANC 3F meeting (ANC3F.com)
ANC 3G meeting (ANC3G.org)
4000 Wisconsin Avenue
Donahoe filed for a Large Tract Review by the Office of Planning of its plans for the redevelopment of 4000 Wisconsin Ave. The plan calls for the redevelopment of what was a Fannie Mae-owned building (adjacent to the colonial-style Fannie Mae building) from an office building to a mixed-use, residential building. (see first article below)
News that you may have missed
Dedicated funding for Metro, Greater Greater Washington
Retail woes, New York Times
Comp Plan limits building affordable housing in DC,Greater Greater Washington
New zoning limits on rear extensions, Greater Greater Washington
Why affordable housing is so expensive, City Lab
Cleveland Park – yesterday and tomorrow, DC UrbanTurf
UDC may build student housing, Forest Hills Connection
Urban inequality, Washington Post
Development in Tenleytown, Urban Turf