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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt4RNojp5W4

Gallery plan b is coordinating the installation with Mr. Taylor. Images and additional information can be found on their website: http://www.galleryplanb.com/artists/steed-taylor/artist.html

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 info@galleryplanb.com, 202-234-2711, or Steed Taylor at steed@steedtaylor.com.

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 | John.Lisle@dc.gov, e-mail | www.ddot.dc.gov

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 www.dcboee.org 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