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Union Station to Georgetown

March 12, 2013

Want to catch a streetcar and be in Union Station in 15 – 20 minutes during morning rush?  The District of Columbia is scoping alternative analysis for premium transit service between Union Station and Georgetown? 

Recently, Georgetown stakeholders from the Georgetown BID, Georgetown Business Association, Citzens Association and Georgetown University met to discuss values and requests for DDOT’s Union Station to Georgetown premium transit analysis.  The meeting participants all agreed that if the study could expand to include connecting areas to the west of Georgetown such as the Palisades and Fox Hall, with a longterm goal of areas to the north of Georgetown such as upper Wisconsin Avenue, NW to Cathedral these routes would be optimal for connecting Georgetown with mass-transit.

The key points submitted by Joe Sternlieb, CEO of the Georgetown BID, to DDOT are as follows:

1.    Travel time between Union Station and Georgetown should be as fast as possible – and a goal of travel time should be established.

2.    Headways should be as frequent as possible.

3.    The alternatives analysis should provide a chart listing the costs and trade-offs for faster and more frequent service.  

4.    The study area must include Georgetown University in order to connect the Georgetown campus with the Law School and SCS (Georgetown Downtown bldg.). 

5.    Georgetown should not be the end of the line (westbound).  The analysis should ensure that the line can be extended to the west in the future. 

6.    The analysis should include alternatives for interconnectivity between the K Street line and public transit that runs north on Wisconsin Avenue from K Street to both the Safeway and Tenleytown Metro. 

Meeting participants included Joe Sternlieb of GBID, Susan Armstrong of Georgetown University, Greg Casten of GBA, Nick Cibel of GBA,  Hazel Denton of CAG, Josh Hermias, GBID, Janine Schoonover of GBA, and Jim Wilcox of GBA.  The ANC Commissioners were also invited, however, unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.  The Georgetown Business Association Board of Directors voted “All in Favor” to support the scope of the study with many of the small business owners excited at the prospect of making it easier for residents and tourists to get to Georgetown to shop and dine.  Greg Casten proposed making a dedicated street car route connecting Book Hill to the Georgetown Waterfront with a stop at Wisconsin & M.

Joe Sternlieb, CEO of the Georgetown BID stated, “As more people move to our city and region, we need solutions that connect neighborhoods without worsening traffic.  It is in everyone’s interest to ensure that the Georgetown Streetcar route can be extended easily west past the University and into the Palisades and beyond.  We want to make sure that as many neighborhoods as possible can eventually be connected to premium transit services in the District.”

For more information on the proposed streetcars and their route, please visit www.unionstationtogeorgetown.com.

Written by Janine Schoonover, CEO of JSW Group

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Georgetown Art Show Draws Crowd to House of Sweden

February 17, 2013

Cindy Howar with her watercolors (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Cindy Howar with her watercolors

The opening reception for Georgetown ARTS 2013 drew over 440 people to the House of Sweden to view the works of 31 Georgetown artists.

Art projected along the halls (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Art projected along the halls

Georgetown Arts 2013, the 4th annual art show of the Citizens Association of Georgetown started with the gala opening reception Thursday evening and also included a fascinating Artists Salon on Saturday with presentations by artists Guy Fairlamb, Joan Konkel, Sidney Lawrence, Jane Lepscky, Edward "Bear" Miller and Mary Wagner, who discussed their inspiration and experience, as well as their unique techniques.

Clare Scrimgeour with her painting (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Clare Scrimgeour with her painting

Artist Joan Konkel, who works with layers of metal and mesh to create low relief wall sculpture, conducted a demonstration of how to manipulate her signature mesh material to create different color and pattern effects. And artist Sidney Lawrence walked the audience through three of his featured art pieces, which included two mixed-media reliefs of ocean surfaces and a panoramic ink drawing of Stockholm. 

Joan Konkel describes her mesh compositions (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Joan Konkel describes her mesh compositions

A very active committee worked for months organizing the four-day show which included oil and watercolor paintings, prints, sculpture and photography. Chair Laura-Anne Tiscornia was assisted by Cassandra Blohowiak doing public relations, and new Georgetowner and recent Corcoran graduate, Jennie Buhler designing and installing the show.

Ingrid and Ben Mast enjoying the show (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Ingrid and Ben Mast enjoying the show

House of Sweden, lead sponsor of the show, was graciously managed by  Cecelia Browning and Andrew Osborne. Other sponsors were Cynthia Howar & Washington Fine Properties, Atmosphere Lighting (which provided enhanced lighting for the show), PNC Bank, The Phoenix, Cox Graae + Spack Architects, Appalachian Spring, Clay Bourne Decorator, and Washing Framers’ Workroom.

For a complete list of participating artists, images of their work and a price list, contact the CAG office: cagmail@cagtown.org.

Written by Betsy Cooley, Executive Director, Citizens Association of Georgetown

Perfect setting for art show (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Perfect setting for art show

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Americans Pick Favorite Super Bowl Team

February 1, 2013

A new nationwide Clarus Poll shows that more Americans want the San Francisco 49ers to win Sunday's Super Bowl than do the Baltimore Ravens--but the margin is close.

The poll, conducted by Clarus Research Group, finds that 35 percent of U.S. adults want the 49ers to win and 31 percent prefer the Ravens. In addition, 34 expressed no preference for either team.

"Seems that the nation is divided, not just about politics but also about football," said Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus and a Georgetown resident.

The poll also finds:

-- GENDER: Men by a 37 percent to 35 percent margin prefer the Ravens, while women by a wider 35 percent to 25 percent margin want the 49ers to win.

-- POLITICAL PARTY: Republicans are mostly 49er fans (by a wide 43 percent to 26 percent margin), but Democrats prefer the Ravens 39 percent to 33 percent. Independents were nearly evenly split, voting 29 percent for the 49ers and 28 percent for the Ravens.

-- REGION: As would be expected, the Ravens do best in the Northeast (47 percent to 24 percent), while the 49ers do best in the West (41 percent to 27 percent). Both the South and the Midwest lean to the

Prepared by Ron Faucheux, President, CLARUS RESEARCH GROUP

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