February 5, 2015
When the Georgetown 2028 Plan formally launched one year ago, it was after countless hours of meetings and conversations with residents and community leaders. In welcoming the capacity-plus filled room Tuesday evening at The House of Sweden, Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) Board Chair Bruce Baschuk said: “Perhaps the strongest indication of our success as planners has been the amount of discussion the 2028 Plan has stimulated. We started a big conversation about Georgetown, and now we are continuing that conversation tonight.”
Heading the list of initiatives are broadening the “visitor experience” and the C&O Canal. The BID is scheduled to open a visitor center at Georgetown Park (in the glassed-in vestibule across the cobblestone breezeway from Dean & Deluca) in the spring.
The BID has also established a Friends Group agreement with the National Park Service to begin projects to restore, preserve, and activate the Georgetown stretch of the C&O Canal. The BID expects to break ground on a recreational-use public dock on the Canal, at 34th Street, by this summer.
(Photo by: georgetowndc.com)
Georgetown BID meeting at House of Sweden, February 3, 2015
Other plans for the C&O include widening the sidewalk on the towpath (from 2.5 feet in some places to up to 10 feet) to improve pedestrian access, repairing the Canal’s deteriorating Lock 3, and bringing back the popular boat tours (mules included!).
The gondola continues to be an exciting and promising transit solution for Georgetown, and the BID’s transportation staff is nearly done gathering funding for the feasibility study. In terms of construction, a gondola—being used to tremendous success in London and elsewhere—could take as little as one year to construct.
Georgetown will continue amenity-driven, pedestrian-focused efforts like sidewalk widening. Last fall, the BID widened a stretch of M Street during busy Parent & Family weekend—to enormous success. It will return this spring during the annual Georgetown French Market in Book Hill, set for Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25. Of this, BID CEO Joe Sternlieb said: “Creating better public spaces is good for business. Our hypothesis is that Georgetown retail sales are a function of sidewalk width. By replacing a small number of parking spaces with wider sidewalks on the weekends, we give shoppers a more comfortable pedestrian experience and stores are more successful. Everybody wins.”
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January 18, 2015
The March on Washington Film Festival has joined the #SelmaForStudents project to send public school students in Washington, D.C. to see Ava Duvernay’s Selma, the historical drama based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches.
This unprecedented effort has brought together D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and business and non-profit leaders to ensure students have the chance to see this important film.
D.C. students in 8th through 12th grade can bring their student ID to the following theaters and receive a free ticket to the film:
- AMC Loews Georgetown 14
- AMC Magic Johnson Capital Center
- Regal Bowie Stadium 14
- Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14
- AMC Mazza Gallerie
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December 30, 2014
Do you have a passion for early American history, the decorative arts, architecture, or museums in general?
Dumbarton House is currently recruiting docents to volunteer in the visitor center and house museum. Lead tours, greet and assist visitors, collect admission fees and record gift shop sales. As a trained docent you will share Dumbarton House's Federal period history, enhance visitor's appreciation of early American history and inform and educate the public.
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Dumbarton House is located at 2715 Q Street in Georgetown.
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