SW dc Action
Expanding the Douglass Community Land Trust Into Southwest
April 10, 2021
SW Action is launching a petition to expand the Douglass Community Land Trust (DCLT) into Southwest at the current fire truck repair station, which will be relocated in the future. SW Action wants to start a SW chapter of the DCLT to guide how the land will be developed. To learn more about CLTs, how they have been proven to create long-term affordable housing, affordable retail space, visit this page.
Westminster Project Grade: 84/100
March 31, 2021
Press Release: Problems With Cotton Annex Project
March 15, 2021
SW Action released a press release regarding all the problems with the Cotton Annex project, including a clear conflict of interest between Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, Andy Litsky, and the non-profit group, the SW Community Foundation, who is supposed to be receiving $100,000 from the developer. Read the press release here.
Letter to CM Allen Regarding Comprehensive Plan
March 8, 2021
24 Southwest residents signed on to a letter urging Councilmember Allen to reject the Comprehensive Plan as proposed. The letter asks the Councilmember to include stronger language in the Plan and require more protections and benefits for historically underserved communities. You can read the letter here.
2nd Event On BIDs & Gentrification
February 17, 2021
In this second event, we'll be looking at the history of development, displacement, and homelessness in NOMA (includes Union Market)—juxtaposed with BID-sponsored, million dollar underpass art installations and mural festivals like Pow!Wow! DC.
Community Development Survey
January 27, 2021
The Community Development group has discussed the types of businesses and community organizations residents use and what they'd like to see. To learn what our neighbors' thoughts are on this topic, a short survey was created. You can take the survey here.
Suggested Amendments For Inclusionary Zoning & Design Review
December 7, 2020
During the Zoning Commission's November 19, 2020 public hearing, Chairman Anthony Hood asked the Office of Planning to include SW Action member, Coy McKinney, in future discussions regarding affordable housing (link to video). A few weeks later, the Office of Planning followed up on this request and scheduled a meeting. McKinney and fellow member, Jennifer Ho, drafted recommendations for changes to the design review process (even though Hood seems to imply the discussions should be broader).
Comprehensive Plan Testimony
November 12-13, 2020
The DC Council Committee of the Whole held public testimony on the latest draft of the 20-year planning document known as the Comprehensive Plan. Three members of SW Action testified, you can watch their testimony here.
Air Quality & Environmental Justice Concerns - Buzzard Point
November 10, 2020
Letter in support of the Buzzard Point Concerned Residents & Friends for Better Air Quality & Environmental Justice's public comments calling for the denial of hte of Vulcan Material Plant’s permit. Link to letter.
Gentrification + BIDs
October 29, 2020
This is the first in a series of events on how Business Improvement Districts in different neighborhoods have paved the way for gentrification. Each event will involve panelists and community activists and solicit ideas for change. Link to video.