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District of Columbia

Citizen Summit at Shaw Convention Center, 11/19/05
By Alex Padro
Nov 17, 2005, 06:01

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"Citizen Summit IV: Lifting All Communities" will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2005, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Hall D at the Washington Convention Center, 810 Mount Vernon Place, NW. Citizens, elected officials and community leaders will have an opportunity to express opinions that could help shape citywide policies and priorities in the areas of youth development, employment and economic opportunity and affordable housing.

Over the past six years, more than 10,000 citizens have participated in this planning process. As in past years, the daylong Citizen Summit, which is the largest town hall meeting in the United States, is intended to influence decisions affecting the District's annual spending priorities and legislative initiatives.

Since the summit is being held in our neighborhood, it is important for Shaw residents to take advantage of the fact that we can walk to the event and cast votes on priorities that are important to our community, such as support for affordable housing, education, libraries, and commercial revitalization.

The ability of our neighborhood to maintain the diversity that is integral to our neighborhood's character relies on preserving the affordable and low income housing that is in place here. Providing for a better learning environment and programs for the next generation through better schools and libraries would help make our neighborhood more attractive for current and new residents alike, perhaps stemming the outflow of couples from the District once their young children are ready to start attending school. Renovating the Martin Luther King, Jr. . Memorial Library instead of replacing it with a new building on the Old Convention Center site would allow the space at the OCC to be used for other purposes, either revenue generators like retail and much needed parking or additional housing. Bringing the types of business our community has been requesting for years through programs like Shaw Main Streets is likewise critical for sustaining our neighborhood's rebirth. Your opinions expressed at the summit could make the difference in convincing the District government to support these goals for our community.


For more information or to register online for the summit, go to www.citizensummit.dc.gov or call 202-727-2823. Translation and sign-language services will be available.

I look forward to seeing you at the summit.





Alex

Alexander M. Padro
Commissioner, ANC 2C01
1519 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3205
Voice: 202-518-3794
Fax: 202-518-0078
Email: PadroANC2C@aol.com
Website: www.members.aol.com/PadroANC2C

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