Members of the Langston Civic Association met Tuesday night to discuss a variety of upcoming events in our community.
Capt. Duncan Bedlion of MPD updated the community on recent crimes in the area and requested the association's support for an upcoming collaboration between DPW, DCRA and MPD to tackle vacant properties that have become haven's for drugs and other crime. The civic association's president, Sydelle Moore recently sponsored a community walk-through to identify these properties and other ongoing issues with Mayor Bowser's Office of Community Relations and members expressed approval that MPD would be making an effort to address these concerns.
Community members also heard presentations from Community Mediation DC, received an update on RFK redevelopment and talked over the details of several upcoming projects and events in our community with the Anacostia Watershed Society.
Our association will be partnering with the Anacostia Watershed Society to do several projects this year including:
Please keep an eye on our blog for additional details about these upcoming events.
Take a Look at Preliminary Sketches for Two Murals:
Please remember these drawing are not completed. They are just sketches.
The new owner of the Food 7 Store also attended the meeting to share his plans for addressing some of the longstanding issues at the store and reaffirm his commitment to abiding by the terms set in our settlement agreement. Community members thanked him and then continued the conversation by discussing ways that Sylvia's Liquor could improve safety near the store. Everyone has until the end of the week to submit suggestions for a possible settlement agreement with the store. Learn more about what types of suggestions can be made and how to make them by reading our previous post on this topic.
Mayor Bowser and Cm. McDuffie also sent representatives to offer updates on the budget and what their offices are doing to address violent crime. You can read about Cm. McDuffie's work on his website.
Video From Mayor Bowser's Office:
First of all, thanks to everyone who made this project a success. The Langston Civic Association partnered with The Mission Continues, BAE Systems Inc., Mayor Bowser's office, Cm. McDuffie's office as well as community volunteers to renovate the courtyard at Browne Education Campus.
More than 20 volunteers showed up in the rain to help pull weeds, build new picnic tables and organize the courtyard to give the children a beautiful outdoor space for studying. The garden now boasts more than 50 new plants including a vegetable and herb garden.
We will be hosting Part 2 of this service project at some point this summer. Due to the weather, we were unable to paint and would like to ask neighbors to keep an eye out for details about that fun, upcoming project.
Also, neighbors with herbs and vegetables to donate to the children's garden should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Langston Civic Association president, Sydelle Moore and member, Ms. Juanita Diggs were honored with seats on stage during Mayor Bowser's 2018 State of the District Address. The association has been recognized as a diverse and active group that is having a positive impact on residents' lives.
Ms. Moore and Ms. Diggs listened as Mayor Bowser outlined some of her priorities including increased spending on public safety initiatives like a 42% increase in the number of MPD cadets, full support for the newly established Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) as part of the NEAR Act and Dept. of Behavioral Health (DBH) specialists focused on street-level drug intervention (3 of these specialists will be assigned to the Langston neighborhood).
The mayor also addressed the city's challenges in education and housing.
For full coverage of the address, please read:
To watch video, please visit:
UPDATED: Video added March 28, 2018
This is not your last chance to speak up...
Thanks so much to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to attend the Langston Civic Association's community roundtable with Mayor Bowser. These meetings are only effective when neighbors show up and address the issues that are important to them and make it clear that we care.
Please know that this will not be the last of these conversations with the mayor or councilmember and that every single issue addressed will receive follow up from the mayor's staff as well as our civic association president, Sydelle Moore. If you have additional issues, questions or comments, please email us.
There is already a map of sidewalk and street repairs in the hands of our Mayor's Office of Community Relations as well as DDOT to address the specific concerns raised last night. MPD will also be attending the next Langston Civic Association meeting to continue to work on our concerns about recent shootings in the area. The Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement has also dispatched members of their response team to try and help with getting appropriate violence intervention staff to track down and mediate between the parties involved in recent shootings.
The civic association meetings are open to all and we look forward to continuing to work together to enhance civic pride, community engagement and safety. OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018 AT 6 PM at 2109 Maryland Ave NE (rear entrance).
President, Langston Civic Association