SW dc Action

2nd Event On BIDs & Gentrification

February 17, 2020

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, 2020

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.

OP Meeting 12/7/20

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.

Housing Grading Criteria

September 28, 2020

The SW Action Housing Group created a grading system to judge new and already existing projects in the neighborhood. Projects will be judged on:

  • Number of affordable units;

  • If they accept vouchers;

  • If there are 3-bedroom units;

  • If it is, at least, ADA compliant;

  • Will neighborhood-serving retail be involved

For the full list of criteria, click here.

CM Allen Presentation 9/17/20

Meeting w/CM Allen On An Equitable + Sustainable SW

September 17, 2020

Members of our group met with our Ward 6 Councilmember, Charles Allen, to ask for support and advice for our ideas, which we think will make SW a more equitable and sustainable place.

DMPED Presentation 9/16/20

Meeting w/DMPED ON Affordable Housing

September 16, 2020

Members of our group met with Sarosh Olpadwala, Director of Real Estate in the office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, to talk about our goals for affordable housing: 27k units that are in either a community land trust, limited equity coop, social or public housing, or Housing First model by 2025! To get out of a crisis, we must take bold action.

Response to DC's Ready2Play Master Plan

September 14, 2020

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation has completed a draft of its 2020 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), which will be submitted to the National Park Service for compliance with the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program. You can see the comments we left in response to the draft plan here.