Sunday, February 09, 2014

Vibrant Streets Presents : 'Reimagine MLK' event in Congress Heights

When: Saturday, Feb 8, 2014
What: Reimagine MLK: A Temporary Urbanism event
Where: 3100 MLK Jr. Ave SE
Hosted by: DC Office of Planning, Streetsense, Vibrant Streets, and Ward 8 community groups

Another great event part of the Vibrant Streets program! This event brought members of the community together in positivity, in hope and in imagination. There was local entertainment, free food, retail maps, storefront renderings, and information on the Vibrant Streets Toolkit. Ward 8 residents were able to contribute their thoughts and ideas to what would make MLK Avenue in Congress Heights a "vibrant" street. There was so many people in attendance that every single community survey was completed! How is that for community input?!

I've said before how much I have really enjoyed and was impressed by the Vibrant Streets Toolkit. We can all agree that we can use more quality retail and services on our main street. I really believe the toolkit can help us do that. If you can please attend the next meeting next week! You won't regret it!  

Retail Visioning Session
Thursday, Feb 20th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Petey Greene Community Center
2907 MLK Jr. Ave SE

Who knew that the sidewalks in Congress Heights were wide enough for cafe tables?!
How wonderful would it be to have cafes and restaurants on the 3100 block of MLK Ave SE? 

Step 2: Let's talk retail and neighborhood revitalization 

Our current retail options

Fun and informative!

James McCandless, Director of Retail for Streetsense providing a Congress Heights resident with a community survey

Kim Driggins (right)  from DC Office of Planning speaking with a local reporter about the importance of community
input in the Vibrant Streets plan

Who doesn't love free pizza! How amazing would it be to see more food trucks on Congress Heights' main street?

Bobby from Streetsense is super excited! Bobby  has been working hard in the community getting the word out about Vibrant Streets 
More local entertainment!

Who wouldn't love a vibrant, diverse, and walkable main street in Congress Heights?!
We can do this if we work together! 

The ladies from DC Office of Planning working hard. 

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