For the benefit of all slipholders, a copy of the Wharf developer's transition plans with graphic depictions of the Phase II, PUD plan is now in the laundry room. Please feel free to look at but leave the books there for other slipholders to also be able to review. This is similar to what can be found on the Wharf website, but may be easier for some to access.

Dec 14, 2010

Interim Use Plans for Hogate's Space

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold last night to attend the ANC 6D Meeting.

Southwest ... The Little Quadrant That Could did an excellent job summarizing the overall presentation by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette. Check out their blog post here.

There are three additional points I included in my notes from the meeting:
- Only the above-ground level of Hogate's is being demolished. The below-ground parking will remain intact.
- Elinor Bacon stated that all events should end by 11PM. The presenters made an effort to emphasize the community-oriented programming they are planning, which will be different from the events previously hosted at Hogate's.
- The Washington Kastles plan on completing some community service projects in the area. Two ideas include repairing local tennis courts and providing free tennis lessons for children in SW.

The first events in this new space will take place during next year's Cherry Blossom Festival.

The official RFP should be submitted later this week.

Nov 24, 2010

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Be sure to come down to the Southwest Waterfront's 7th St. Landing with your camera and warm clothes on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at 4:00 P.M. to see Santa and the Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by The annual Parade of Lighted Boats at 5:00 P.M. The SW Waterfront and Alexandria harbor will light up during this annual parade. Boats are beautifully and imaginatively decorated by their owners, who are competing for great prizes. These sailing and power boats will cruise the city's historic waterfront on the Potomac River.

Photo © Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association

Nov 4, 2010

Mikhael on Living on a Houseboat

If you haven't heard of the website, "People's District", wander on over now to check out Mikhael's take on living on a boat. People's District is a wonderful oral history project run by Danny Harris. He started it as a side project a few years ago to try and better understand the lives of the many people he saw every day in DC, but never had taken the time to get to know. People's District has become a full time job, and is a truly remarkable project. Check it out, and share your thoughts with Danny.

Oct 22, 2010

NPR Metro Connection Story on Marina Residents

NPR's Metro Connection will be airing a story on GPSA members and Gangplank Marina residents, Travis Johnson and Jess Dankert today. The story will air at 1:00PM today. You can check also listen to the story on Metro Connection's website here.

Apart from being great friends and neighbors, Travis and Jess also designed our new GPSA logo and shirts. If you are interested in purchasing a royalty-free T-shirt, Hoodie, or Duffel Bag, check out their work here. You can also purchase a shirt for your dog here.

Oct 6, 2010

Washington City Paper on the Community Forum

The Washington City Paper said the following regarding last week's Community Forum on the P.N. Hoffman and Madison Marquette SW Waterfront development

"In a sign of his commitment, Hoffman said that all those currently living on boats at Gangplank Marina–who had feared for their future in the new development–woud be able to stay, generating loud applause."

You can find the entire article here.

Sep 30, 2010

GPSA Reaction to SW Waterfront Community Forum

Recent Washington Post and ABC-7 coverage noting GPSA's concern about the lack of certainty regarding transition and relocation plans for liveaboards at the Gangplank Marina seem to have been noted by the Southwest Waterfront development project planners. At last night's public unveiling of the SW Waterfreont Master Plan for Development, GPSA slipholders turned out in large numbers at the beautiful new Arena Stage theater to hear directly from the development team about the future of the SW waterfront. Of special note for GPSA members last night was Master Developer Monty Hoffman's answer to a question regarding plans for liveaboards at the Gangplank Marina.

In direct response to questions from audience members about the future of the vibrant community at the Gangplank Marina, Monty Hoffman said the following:

1) The current number of liveaboards at Gangplank Marina will not decrease during or after the master plan is implemented. In fact, the number could potentially increase. Also there is a new Gangplank Marina in the master plan with the same number of slips as Gangplank currently offers.
2) Monty Hoffman is dedicated to keeping liveaboard boaters in the SW during the transition.
3) The new development will not only be for mega-yachts. The marinas will be diverse, just like the District.

Many of us also spoke with Robert Sloop from Moffatt & Nichol. Mr. Sloop is a Senior Coastal/Waterfront Project Manager, and will be tasked with creating transition plans for Gangplank Marina. Initial plans seem to have been crafted, although we have not yet seen anything in writing. We will plan to engage Mr. Sloop in the near future as the developers contact GPSA regarding more specific transition plans.

There is considerable excitement about the possibilities the proposed future development holds. The new waterfront promises to be a place of vibrant commercial, retail and residential activity. The developers envision creating a 'world class marina' that will attract Washington DC residents and visitors to the water as a major destination. Thank you to everyone who came out to the meeting last night, and also thanks to those who helped to get the word out regarding our concerns. The website for the development project is likely to have more answers to community members' questions as well as more detailed plans in the near future.

Sep 25, 2010

Gangplank Marina: The Best of Boat Worlds

I recently came across a great Washington Post article from 1995 regarding the liveaboard community at Gangplank Marina. Articles like this remind me of what a jewel the city has in its liveaboard community.

Sep 9, 2010

Ward 6 Debate

Hello All,

Please find an analysis of the most recent Ward 6 debate by Brad Soule, one of our very dedicated community members.



On Thursday August 26, I, along with around 125 to 150 other residents of the Southwest Waterfront and Ward 6 attended a debate for the Ward 6 Council seat between incumbent Tommy Wells and former-Williams aide Kelvin Robinson. The debate was very civil and the range of topics covered gave an excellent idea of where the candidates stand and what they see as their key issues. For Tommy Wells, this is walkable and livable communities, for Kelvin Robinson, this is juvenile crime.

For the record, I will not be voting in this election and am not a partisan for either candidate. As an active duty member of the armed forces, I mtaintain my voting registration in the other Washington (state). However, this does not mean I, along with other members of the armed forces, are not interested in participating in local issues where we live or developing an opinion on the candidates we feel would best represent our current home. The summaries below are my best attempt to provide a fair and complete summary of the responses of both candidates.

I will briefly touch on each topic and question that was covered. If anyone else who was there believes I have misrepresented or not properly emphasized a point of contention, please chime up in the comments!

Rent control - Both candidates voiced strong support for continuing DC's rent control laws.

Gay marriage - Tommy Wells gave a full defense of DC's new gay marriage law and said that DC must stand up to defend this right against political attacks. Kelvin Robinson said that he fully supported "equal rights". When the moderators asked him again directly whether he supported the bill which Tommy Wells had voted for, he side stepped the question and reiterated his commitment to "equal rights".

The Shuttlebug - This was probably the biggest different between the two candidates. Kelvin Robinson claimed that after speaking with residents of the affected neighborhood, he felt the free service should be funded by the DC government in perpetuity because of issues with crime around the new Waterfront Station development at 4th and M SW. Tommy Wells defended his position that the need for the shuttle (the closure of 4th st. between M & I st SW during construction of Waterfront Station) had been resolved. He also voiced concern that if DC funded this special program, other neighborhoods would hold it up as an example for why they should get a similar service that the city could not afford.

LEED certification - When asked about requiring that new developments meet minimum standards for LEED certification, Tommy Wells said that he did not feel that this was appropriate because he felt that the minimum required standard ought to be at least Gold or Silver certification. Kelvin Robinson answered second and voiced support for this position but did not elaborate. In research afterward, I found that DC has already enacted a requirement for LEED certification for nonresidential projects in 2008, but neither candidate addressed this in the answer. I am not familiar with the DC requirements so I welcome anyone to contribute with more on the existing requirement and any solid proposals beyond the off-the-cuff from the candidates at this debate.

Bag tax - Mr. Robinson questioned the value of the tax on plastic bags and felt the Council's efforts could have been better spent elsewhere. Council-member Wells countered that the tax had done its intended purpose and reduced trash in the Anacostia River.

DC General as a homeless shelter - Mr. Robinson voiced disgust with the conditions at DC General and said that it was in no way fit to be used as a homeless shelter. He held Tommy Wells responsible for this issue due to his role as the chair of the Human Services Committee.  Tommy Wells defended his record as head of the Human Services and took credit for helping to reduce the number of chronically homeless in the city. He also made a comment along the lines of housing more people on a smaller budget at DC General that one of the moderators followed up on. The moderator asked specifically why the Council-member was taking credit for a reduced budget and more people in DC General given the deplorable conditions, but Council-member Wells did not give a clear response except to refer to his record on the Human Services Committee.

Streetcars - A question on streetcars from the audience was framed as a question of the need for so much redundancy within the system. Specifically, why do we need Ciculator, Metro rail and bus, as well as streetcars on what seem like the same routes? Tommy Wells answered first framed his response as one of capacity. He stated that you could move 160 people in a streetcar but only 60 in a bus so it would behoove the city to develop capacity along its busiest routes. Additionally he pointed out that the expected population growth in Southwest using only car based development would kill the character of the neighborhood and require greatly expanded road capacity. Kelvin Robinson passed on the question.

Waterfront redevelopment - There was around 20 people representing the live-aboard contingent at Gangplank marina (of which I am a part) several of whom asked questions about the pending redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront and voicing concern that this would negatively impact the liveaboard community and restrict access of the less affluent to any newly constructed marina facilities. Both candidates voiced concern for preserving the unique character of the waterfront community, but Tommy Wells took care to emphasize that this does not mean he was against he redevelopment. He specifically stated that while he was concerned with preserving the community, this does not mean that the marinas would not end up in a different place.

After about two hours of moderated & audience questions, the themes the candidates wanted to emphasize were readily apparent. For Kelvin Robinson, it was juvenile crime. To Mr. Robinson, people don't feel safe in their neighborhoods and the problem is juvenile crime. This should be the primary focus. For the incumbent, Tommy Wells, the focus appeared to be on his record. Oddly enough, I do not think he said the words "walkable" and "livable" more than a couple of times, event though they are his campaign slogan. Instead, he focused on his history in the Ward and his record of constituent services. Overall, both candidates as well as the audience were extremely civil and cordial with only a couple minor zingers between the candidates.
Please be sure to support the awesome effort that has been put forth to create 7th Street Landing. We look forward to seeing you at some of the events.

Aug 26, 2010

Ward 6 Debate Tonight @ St. Augustine's

If you missed yesterday's forum with Wells and Robinson on the Kojo Nnamdi show, you have another chance to listen to them debate tonight (Aug. 26) at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church at 600 M St., SW at 7 pm. Mark Segraves of WTOP and Sam Ford of ABC7 will moderate. This event is sponsored by the Southwest Action Team (SWAT) and a number of other organizations. Thanks to JDLand for this information.

Jul 20, 2010

DDOT Press Release


For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Media Contacts: Rachel Dickerson, DCCAH, 202-724-5613

John Lisle, DDOT, 202-671-2004

The 800 block of Vermont Avenue, NW will be closed to traffic this weekend for an interesting public art project. Below is the original press release from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Residents and visitors are encouraged to sign up as volunteers or to come out and watch the design take shape.





As part of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s ongoing efforts to advance arts in the District of Columbia, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) selected Steed Taylor to paint a road tattoo entitled “Daughters and Sons Knot”. Mr. Taylor’s design highlights Washington DC’s relationship with war and loss by honoring metropolitan area soldiers recently killed while serving their country. The names of those soldiers’ children will be incorporated in the design. The design is a complex Celtic Knot with 6 loops, a symbolic number for harmony and alluding to the interdependence within a community as well as a family. The road tattoo is approximately 60 feet wide and 300 feet long and made with the help of local volunteers and neighbors.

A dedication ceremony will be held Sunday at 1pm after which the design’s outline will be painted by the community.

A road tattoo? If roads are considered the skin of a community, then a road has a similar relationship to the public body as skin does to the individual body, allowing roads to be marked as people mark their skin for commemoration, communication or ritual. To see an example of how a road tattoo is created please visit:

Gallery plan b is coordinating the installation with Mr. Taylor. Images and additional information can be found on their website:

The project will require traffic and parking restrictions along the 800 block of Vermont Avenue, NW, from 6 am Saturday, July 24 to approximately 7 pm on Sunday, July 25. Participants are encouraged to arrive via Metro (The McPherson Metro Station-Vermont Avenue exit). Limited on-street parking is nearby.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP PAINT! Help make an incredibly meaningful public artwork for our city and be a part of DC history! For questions or more information contact Gallery Plan b at, 202-234-2711, or Steed Taylor at

John Lisle | Public Information Officer | District Department of Transportation | Office of the Director | 2000 14th Street, NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20009 | 202-671-2004/direct | 202-486-5838/cell | 202-671-0650/ fax |, e-mail |

Summary of ANC6D Meeting of July 12 for residents of ANC6D 01

Summary of ANC6D Meeting of July 12 for residents of ANC6D 01

SW Parents and Neighbors for Educational Excellence, a new group, is forming to support our two local schools, Amidon Bowen Elementary and Jefferson Middle. The organizing community meeting will be on Monday, July 26, 6:00 pm to 8:30pm at the SW Libary, 600 Wesley PL SW. All interested community members are invited.

A hearing for historic designation of SW Community House, one of the very few original SW buildings not demolished during the 1960's Urban Renewal of SW, will be held at 441 4th ST NW in the 2nd floor conference room at 10am on Thursday, July 22. The public is invited.

Telesis Corp., a DC mixed-use affordable housing developer, and the Rubell family, who own the Capital Skyline Hotel, wish to purchase the Randall School at I and Half STs from the Corcoran Gallery. They plan to have a hotel, housing, and a 25,000 sq. ft. museum housing the Rubell's contemporary art collection. The renovation of Randall School and the new building will be designed by Bing Thom, the Arena Stage architect. For this to move forward, the DC Council must change the covenant they placed on the property requiring an art school to be there. The ANC voted to support changing the covenant as a first step towards this purchase.

There remain a few items yet to be done on the Mayor's Fix-It list of last fall. DDOT is expected to complete them late this fall as all of their resources are currently engaged in getting ready for school opening.

Representatives of the Board of Elections demonstrated the new touch screen voting machines, which do have a paper trail, as well as the new paper ballot machines. The paper ballot will now be fill in the circle rather than connect the lines. To encourage young people to vote, DC allows 16 year olds to register. They cannot vote until 18, but anyone who will be 18 by General Election day, November 2, can vote in the September 14 primary. Also, this year anyone can ask for a mail-in ballot with no excuse needed. And there will be early primary voting from Aug 30 - Sept 11, 8:30am- 7:00pm at 441 4th ST NW as well as from Sept 4 - Sept 11, 8:30am-7:00pm at Hine Jr High School, at 335 8th ST SE and at three other locations. Residents can register at any time up to and including at the polls. Go to for more information.

The ANC voted to support a good-looking new building on Q ST SW which will house a youth hostel and hotel. It will have 489 beds; the hostel bunks are expected to rent for $40 a night. They will provide shuttle bus service from 6:30am - 9:30 pm Sun - Thurs, and until midnight Fri and Sat nights, from both the Waterfront and Navy Yard Metro Stations.

Voluntary Agreements with the Spirit and Odyssey cruise ships were approved. These include clauses which seek to control bus parking and idling.

Jane Jorgensen,
Commissioner, ANC6D 01

SWNA Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

On Saturday July 24, 2010, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA), the
SWNA History Task Force, and the Southwest Disability Committee will
celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) by
unveiling a call box honoring our Southwest neighbor, Justin Dart, Jr., and
his work with the ADA.

Justin Dart, Jr. moved to Waterside Towers in Southwest Washington to work
for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As an
energetic neighbor rushing through the lobby in his wheelchair, Justin is
fondly remembered. Never without his cowboy hat and boots from his home
state of Texas, or his wife Yoshiko from Japan, Justin accomplished wonders
for Americans with disabilities through the passage and implementation of
the ADA, right up to time of his death in 2002. His friends and family
continue to work for the rights of people with disabilities.

It is because of the support and encouragement of our friends and neighbors,
that we can unveil the call box, and an adjacent ADA plaque, at 3pm on
Saturday, July 24, 2010, at the west side of Sixth Street, between I Street and M Street, in front of the apartment buildings. We want you to join us at this important event.

The unveiling will take place at 907 Sixth Street SW, next door to the Arena
Stage. Parking is limited on the nearby streets. However, we are very close
to the Waterfront Station on the Green Line of the Metro system, and there
are a number of Metro bus stops very close to the site of the call box,
including the red Circulator Bus and the 70/71 buses, all three of which
stop a few yards from the site of the unveiling.

We expect the event to take place outdoors with light refreshments inside
after the ceremony, and if the weather is good, outdoors as well.

Sincerely yours,

Lida Holland Churchville
History Task Force
Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA)

RSVP: 202-479-2750

Jun 11, 2010

May 22, 2010

GPSA Meeting 8PM, June 2 - Harbor Patrol Community Classroom

Our next GPSA meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 2 @ 8:00PM in the
Harbor Patrol Community Classroom. We're still working on the agenda. Look forward to seeing you there!

Apr 13, 2010

SW Waterfront Clean-up a Huge Success

As part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, this year, nearly 30 participants from the Gangplank Marina and all over Southwest Washington, DC united to clean up the waterfront. The neighborhood clean-up effort was well-timed, coming on the heels of the Cherry Blossom Festival and right before the start of the annual Cherry Blossom Run. These two events are times when the Waterfront is at its busiest. The clean-up showed the neighborhood's many visitors not only how beautiful its trees and landscaping are, but also how aesthetically pleasing the street-scape and the water-scape are along the Washington Channel.

The group picked trash up from the 14th Street bridge, NW, all the way down to the Gangplank Marina parking lot, located at 6th Street SW. A whopping total of 55 bags of trash were collected by the energetic group of volunteers, who were in lighthearted spirits throughout the event. What was both the biggest and smallest contributor to those 55 trash bags? Drum roll please... cigarette butts! The difference was immediately visible as pedestrians walked down to the waterfront between the Maine Ave. fish market and the Tidal Basin, many of whom thanked the group for their efforts.

The businesses along the clean up path included the Channel Inn, Zanzibar, Hogates, Phillips, Jenny's, Capitol Yacht Club, Seafood Market and Washington Marina boating store. Hats off to Washington Marina for granting their dumpster space for the deposit of all the trash collected during the successful event. Also, special thanks to the Alice Ferguson Foundation, who graciously supplied the volunteers with the much-needed gloves and trash bags which were essential to making the event such a success.

The Alice Ferguson Waterfront Clean-is quickly becoming an annual tradition for the Gangplank Marina Slipholder's Association (GPSA), a neighborhood organization from the boater's community at the Gangplank Marina, who organized the group of volunteers for the event. In addition to the GPSA's participation in this effort, its community is also proud to reside in a "Green Marina." The GPSA's greening - and blueing - efforts along the waterfront also included a tree-planting event in November of 2009, hosting a Community-Supported Agriculture family farm drop-off site in 2010, and clean boating educational programs throughout the year.

Apr 6, 2010

SW Waterfront Clean-up This Saturday, April 10

The Gangplank Slipholders' Association (GPSA) would like to invite you to join us this Saturday, April 10, to pick up trash along the Southwest waterfront. As a community living on the water, GPSA members are very aware of the current environmental state of the waterfront. We have organized a site for this year's Alice Ferguson Foundation Potomac River Watershed clean-up as one of many efforts to constantly improve the environmental health and appearance of the SW waterfront.

If you would like to help us clean up this Saturday, please meet at 9:00am at the north end of the Southwest Seafood Market at 1100 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024. Parking is available on the street on Maine Ave before the Seafood Market. It is a moderate to long walking distance from L'Enfant Plaza or Southwest metro stops.

GPSA will provide trash bags and gloves. All we need you to do is show up (and possibly bring a friend or two). Also, given the warm weather recently, we recommend that you bring water with you.

This clean-up will be very important, as a large amount of trash has accumulated recently on the SW waterfront from the multitude of attendees at this year's national cherry blossom festival. GPSA is excited that so many people have visited the waterfront during these events. Now, we'd like to set a good example of how our community can work together to keep the trash that is a by-product of these events out of the Potomac.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Kopp (202.495.0729). Feel free to share this invitation with anyone you think may be interested in joining the clean-up.

Mar 9, 2010

Don't Forget About M St Meeting Tonight

Councilmember Wells, SWNA, and ANC 6D will host a neighborhood meeting to discuss possibilities for M Street on Tuesday, March 9 from 6-7:30pm at the MPD First District Station, 101 M St SW. Full announcement below.

Councilmember Wells, in conjunction with the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly and ANC 6D, is hosting a neighborhood meeting to discuss how Southwest and near Southeast neighborhoods can make improvements to M Street through what’s known as a “complete street.”
“Complete street” is a term of art for planning and renovating streets to reduce the number and speed of cars on roadways, provide better pedestrian safety and support alternate means of travel that connect neighborhoods. Currently, AARP and other advocacy groups strongly support the concept for the potential it holds to build better and safer streets for seniors, families and other pedestrians. AARP will attend to share its efforts to bring complete streets to more communities like ours.
Please join us to discuss the possibilities for M Street.
Date: Tuesday, March 9th
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Location: MPD First District Station, 101 M Street, SW

Feb 4, 2010

Meeting Minutes

Here are the most recent minutes from our last GPSA meeting.


Live Coverage of the SW Waterfront Development Advisory Group

Hello All,

We are going to have live coverage of the SW Waterfront Development Advisory Group starting at 8am today. To check it out, please click here.

You can also follow the coverage on Twitter. Look for SWWDAG

Feb 1, 2010

Wells Makes Call for Nominations to Pedestrian Advisory Council

From Tommy's website:

Last year, Councilmember Wells introduced legislation creating the PAC – an advisory body modeled after the Bicycle Advisory Council. The PAC will serve as the advisory body to the Mayor, the Council of the District of Columbia, and District agencies on pedestrian safety issues for the city and make recommendations on policy and legislation. Each Councilmember will be allowed to nominate one member to the PAC.

The PAC will begin its work in the coming months and Councilmember Wells has put a call out to all neighbors interested in serving as the member representing Ward 6.

Nominations can be made through Councilmember Wells’ website (link: and are due by 5:00 pm on February 12th. The Ward 6 PAC member will be selected from the nominations by Councilmember Wells.

Jan 26, 2010

Message from PYRCA RegardingTransient Slips in Alexandria

Documents referred to in the message below can be downloaded here.

PRYCA Clubs:

The Alexandria City Marina is in jeopardy of reducing it’s transient slippage to 4-6 slips to alleviate budget requirements that are needed for transient slip support.

It is important for members of the boating community to be heard about losing this valuable destination from our "Float Plans".
Please come voice your concerns at the hearing on January 28, 2010 7:00 PM at the Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St, Alexandria, VA.
If you are unable to attend (or even if you plan to attend) please send your comments to Councilman Paul C. Smedberg at An email can also be sent to Councilman Smedberg through the City of Alexandria website.
PRYCA is sending representatives to this meeting. But we can’t do it alone. All yacht clubs, maritime organizations and boaters who want to visit Old Town by boat need to be heard.
Please ensure widest and swift dissemination of this information to all boaters so they are aware and can be heard on this issue.
Attached is the letter from PRYCA Vice Commodore, Ruth Lovelace, that was sent to Councilman Smedberg who sits on the Waterfront Committee.
There is a waterfront committee website with resource materials (attached) supporting the economic development of the Alexandria waterfront.

Very Respectfully,
Debbie Ruttenberg
Secretary, PRYCA

SW Safeway Announcement

Current store manager, John Ignacio will be replaced when the new store opens in April (replacement unknown). Also, Safeway expects a “gap” between the date the current Safeway closes & the date the new Safeway will open ... possible estimate of 10 days.

Jan 20, 2010

An interdisciplinary look at drug policy using heroin-assisted treatment (HAT) as a case study

If you are free tonight, please consider supporting this event that one of our fellow community members has played an important role in organizing.

WHEN: Wed. Jan. 20th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

WHERE: GWU's Jack Morton Auditorium in the Media & Public Affairs Building at 805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052 (H & 21st NW)

WHAT: Panel & town-hall style forum on drug policy and treatment programs using heroin-assisted treatment (HAT) as a case study, followed by light refreshments and a chance to meet the speakers. Speakers include a researcher, a policy-maker, a HAT trial participant and a criminologist. Co-sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance, GWU's School of Public Health & Health Services, and the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation.

Details on speakers below. This will be a challenging and fascinating evening. We hope to see you there.

The event is free and open to the public, so feel free to forward this information to interested friends, colleagues, clients.


What responsibility do we have to craft drug policies and implement treatment programs that address medical, public health, economic, and foreign affairs considerations?

HAT is a treatment option that has been implemented in the Netherlands and Switzerland and has inspired research trials in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain.

Special Remarks: DC Council Member Tommy Wells
Ward 6 representative for the DC City Council and Chair of the Committee on Human Services

Moderator: Dr. Irene Kuo
Associate Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, the George Washington University

Donald MacPherson
Former Drug Policy Coordinator for the City of Vancouver and author of Vancouver’s Four Pillars Drug Strategy

Dr. David C. Marsh, MD
One of the lead researchers in the North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) trial of prescription heroin; Medical Director for Addiction, HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal Health Services for the Vancouver Community

Ethan Nadelmann, JD, PhD
Founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the drug war

Gary Occhipinti
Former heroin user, participant in the North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) trials, and advocate for heroin-assisted treatment programs

Dr. Peter Reuter
Professor in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland and author of “Can Heroin Maintenance Help Baltimore? What Baltimore can learn from the experience of other countries.”

After the forum, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

What is heroin-assisted treatment (HAT)?
Why should we discuss HAT now?
What are the benefits of this project to U.S. residents and the addicted population?
Is this just an attempt to legalize heroin?

Jan 14, 2010

Start thinking about spring/summer/fall vegetables

Hungry? At least for some warmer weather? One nice thing you can do to as you fantasize about the summer months is to sign up for a share of vegetables through a Community-Supported Agriculture (often called a CSA share) arrangement.

Last summer, 4 coolers of locally-grown, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables went to Gangplankers each week. To get our vegetables, we paid in advance for a subscription to Orchard Country Produce, and each week, picked up the vegetables from the farmer's market at the DOT building on M Street. Joining a CSA is a chance to experience the joys of: 1) eating in-season produce without having to research what's in season before you go shopping 2) knowing the people who grew your food 3) cooking more beets and squash and corn than you might be accustomed to working with; 4) having a fantastic variety of apples and pears and plums in your diets; 5) no longer needing to buy produce at Safeway, Whole Foods, etc. Even more reasons to join a CSA can be found here, if you aren't convinced yet.

GOOD NEWS: This year, if we can get 5 or more subscriptions to Orchard Country Produce, Farmer Gregg is willing to drop off our coolers directly to the Marina every Tuesday during the season. Conversations with Gangplank security indicate that a drop-off from the farmer will be handled in the same fashion as a regular package.

PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY if you are interested ...this link has the pricing and subscription info. We encourage you to share your CSA shares with neighbors. That way, vegetable bartering is possible, plus if you go out of town for a week you won't lose all your vegetables and investment. Eve, Mikhael, Travis & Jess, Tim, Jason, Justin & Liz, and Petra & Greg can all attest to how well they ate last summer - as well as to how much of a support the CSA can be to family farms in our region. Orchard Country Produce also offers eggs, meat, butter, and cheese, in addition to the regular CSA shares. Questions? reply to this post or seek out any of the above-mentioned neighbors, or contact Farmers Gregg and Louise Keckler directly.

Jan 7, 2010

Mandated Parking Meter Changes to Take Effect

If you haven't seen the announcement on DDOT's website, check it out here.

Apart from the change to parking enforcement on Saturdays, please also note the following information from the announcement. One more reason not to drive ... ouch!

In addition to the Saturday enforcement, DDOT is also simplifying the District’s parking meter rates. To comply with the new legislation, there will now be only two types of parking meter pricing zones: premium demand zones and normal demand zones.

It will cost $2.00/hour to park in premium demand zones, which include the busiest commercial districts.
It will cost $0.75/hour to park in normal demand zones.
The District’s premium demand zone rate is comparable or lower than the premium rates in other major cities across the nation including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia where rates are $3 an hour or more.

DDOT will also change the hours of enforcement for parking meters in the city’s busiest commercial districts where on-street parking is often scarce. Nighttime parking enforcement hours will be extended to 10 pm in the following “premium demand zones":

Adams Morgan
Georgetown Historic District*
Penn Quarter/Chinatown*
U Street, NW Corridor
Downtown Central Business District
Maine Avenue and Water Streets, SW
The National Mall
Wisconsin Avenue, NW (from Van Ness Street to Western Avenue)