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Adams Morgan Residents Participating in Initiative to Plan for the Future

Accompanying images can be viewed in the September 2014 issue PDF

By Carol Miller*

A survey initiative encouraging the 16,000 residents of Adams Morgan to voice their vision of the future of their neighborhood being conducted by the Envision Adams Morgan Working Group got underway during the first week of September, 2014.

“We’re currently in phase two of our effort to bring reasonable economic development to Adams Morgan while also maintaining the aspects of our community that attracted residents who live here and do business in our neighborhood every day,” said Ernest Springs, Co-chairman of the Working Group.

“The Envision Adams Morgan Survey,” Springs added, “is intended to engage public and private stakeholders to identify areas of opportunity for the community to preserve its physical characteristics, enhance amenities, support sustainability, and improve quality of life for the community.”

To encourage as many neighborhood residents as possible to complete the electronic survey, available at, the website’s address is being promoted in local newspapers, n community listserves, and on posters displayed by local business owners. Representatives from the Working Group will also be present to promote the survey at the ANC’s booth during the Adams Morgan Day Festival on September 14th; additionally, printed copies of the survey will be available upon request by residents who do not use the Internet.

The Office of Planning will be assisting the Working Group and the ANC in developing a series of charrettes, community meetings and other forums, to solicit the views and opinions of the community beginning during the fall. They will include community leaders, residents, and property and business owners. The process centers on shaping a future vision for Adams Morgan for how the community can leverage its assets to preserve its physical characteristics, enhance amenities, support sustainability and improve quality of life for the community.

The survey and the charrettes will provide the community an opportunity to give input to the future of services in the community, including health, education, welfare and public services, including the environment. Local civic organizations have been part of the planning from the beginning and will continue to provide input.

“We hope our neighbors will do their part by completing the survey,” said Springs. “In doing so, they will help us establish a basic premise for how Adams Morgan can grow more inclusively to achieve its full potential as an eclectic retail and entertainment destination and residential neighborhood.”

*The writer, a 12-year Adams Morgan resident and communications consultant on non-profit international development, is serving as a co-chair of the Envision Adams Morgan Working Group.

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