This past weekend, a couple hundred of my Ward 8 neighbors and I participated in Mayor Gray’s follow-up Ward 8 Community Summit at the Malcolm X School in Congress Heights. The goals of the summit included the following:
1. Provide updates and receive feedback on implementation efforts since July 2011.
2. Share several community projects undertaken since July 2011.
3. Present and receive feedback on five District-government Investment Opportunities for Ward 8
The facilitated conversations centered around a variety of topics such as job training, the St. E’s East Campus development, reuse of vacant properties, public art installation and improved retail in our commercial corridors. I have included several photos of the event. One thing is clear, with the recent approved budget, Mayor Gray is serious about improving the quality of life East of the River.
If you missed this one, there should be another follow-up summit in the Fall. Stay tuned for updates especially around the Big K Property.
|Mayor Gray outlining his goals for the next six months|
|The Gateway Pavilion is supposed a major eatery on the|
St. E's East Campus
|r.e.e.l. Member, Ms. Courtney Anderson and others taking it all in.|
|Teresa Kelly, Bruce Holmes, Ms. Chapman and Others...|
|Dr. Courtney Davis, author of "A is for Anacostia"|
participating in the discussion.
|Raymond Bell (The Hope Project) and |
Catherine Buell (Chair of the Historic Preservation Review Board)
|ANC Commissioner Greta Fuller|
|Ward 8 Staple - Jackie Ward|
|Mayor Gray enjoying a good laugh|
|My favorite city administrator, Ms. Harriet Tregoning from the |
DC Office of Planning
|Ms. Vera Abbott from Bellevue|
and representing the AARP
|New r.e.e.l. member - Mr. Olu Burrell|
|ANC 8A Chair Mr. Anthony Muhammad|
|You ever wonder who authors the Congress Heights on the Rise Blog?|
The Nikki Peele
|Some of Ward 8's Finest|