Logan Circle Parking Problems

A Blog designed to bring to the attention of our political leaders the problems of illegal church parking

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Jack Evans : A New Hope

Looks like all our efforts have finally gotten Jack Evans to say something for Logan Circle residents. Here is what Mr. Evans latest newsletter contained:
Mayor Williams recently decided to delay the much-anticipated implementation of the Logan Residents for Equitable Enforcement of Parking Regulations Taskforce's recommendations. While we can continue to work on refining the Taskforce's recommendations, immediate relief is warranted. I urge the Mayor to take the first step and begin enforcement of the initial phases of the Logan Circle plan. The May 21 enforcement date for Logan Circle, which was agreed upon, is reasonable and should be implemented.

This Taskforce included members of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F, the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, the District Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Works. The Taskforce was formed to find a workable solution to the parking problems specifically related to church parking in the neighborhood.

The plan, which included adding angled parking along Vermont Avenue and 11th Street, NW, parking along the median strip on Vermont Avenue, NW from Q to S Streets, NW and 9th to Logan Circle on Rhode Island Avenue, NW on Sundays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm was agreed upon by residents and churches and, should be honored. I support this plan and see no reason for its delayed implementation. Not only did it address the safety factors, which we see when fire hydrants and cross walks are blocked, but it created almost 150 new spaces.

I applaud the efforts of the government, neighbors and church officials who participated in the months long task force.
Lets hope Mr. Evans continues to say that enforcement is necessary. He needs to clearly state to the press, churches, and especially the MAYOR that enforcement should begin in Logan Circle. Let us make this very clear--Councilmember Jack Evans must state this publicly whenever he can. This cannot be for only a select constituent audience who want enforcement. We will not allow Mr. Evans to double talk his way out of this or simply issue a press statement and then let the matter die. So, everyone please don't be fooled by this SMALL step forward. Continue to press Evans' office for enforcement. Ask him to bring this subject up at the next DC Council meeting. Only through such political action will we get the enforcement that is needed.


At 8:42 AM, Anonymous db said...

I agree that the pressure to be public with this information needs to be kept up. In fact, I would like to see a letter to the Mayor stating this positon. When we see the illegally parked unticketed cars on Sunday, please email his office and call his office and ask that he make CLEAR to the MAYOR and DDOT/DPW/MPD this is a May 21 priority. Also email Chairman Cropp and tell her she also needs to take a real stand.

At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I emailed Jack Evans and did not get a reply. I also emailed Linda Cropp--no reply. Maybe I shouldn't have used the phrase "flip-flop" to her.

At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Ticketillegalparkers said...

Call Amy Doolittle at the Washington Times 636-3000 and Paul Schwartzman at the Post 334-7300 and ask them to followup on the stories they have written--ask them to call Evans for a quote about his newsletter and to explain his new call for enforcement.

At 11:20 AM, Anonymous mitch said...

Can we see if the DCist will pick up on what this blog has done? Where do we email or call them? I am a bit lost on finding emails on their website.


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