ART OF WAR Concept: EARTH comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes; the chances of life and death.
"Redistricting is a contact sport." That’s what they said when I signed up to participate in this process and that is exactly what I got. To quickly recap, every ten years the U.S. Census conducts a count of all residents in the country. The count in DC concluded that the Districts population has grown, but that Ward 8’s population decreased in size. The City Council members bargained on how to redistrict the Wards. Ward 8 added some parts of Ward 7 that included the area near the Anacostia Library and the Marbury Plaza.
After new Ward boundaries were established, it was time for Ward residents to get involved and redraw the Single Member District (SMD) boundaries as part of the Ward Redistricting Taskforce. This was a very important step in the process because each SMD is represented by an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) and these boundaries will stay the same for the next 10 years. In order to do well in this process, it was important that Taskforce Members knew their neighborhoods well, due in part, because certain neighborhoods have boundaries such as Bellvue, Congress Heights and Historic Anacostia. As you can imagine there were some enthusiastic and spirited conversations on keeping neighborhoods together, and of course, there was some jockeying by some residents to ensure that they could position themselves to be the leading voice for future development.
|Incredibly detailed work|
|Sandra Seegars, Wanda Lockridge and |
Pho Palmer counting away
|Mary Cuthbert and Markus Batchelor|
|Yup, definitely a contact sport|
|Ward 8 Taskforce Chair Anthony Motley|
taking some heat from Mrs. Gray.
Got to have some thick skin to do
this kind of work.