Here are my--admittedly hopeful, though not utterly unrealistic--predictions for what 2007 holds for our neighborhood.
1. Permit approval of and groundbreaking on the O Street Market.
2. Final property acquisition for and permit approval of the Convention Center Hotel.
3. Designation of a neighborhood dog park (or two).
4. DC Auditor’s disapproval of 12/6/06 ANC 2C allocation of $3,000 to the ECCA.
5. Criminal indictments issued based on a finding of ANC 2C financial malfeasance.
6. All church owned vacant/abandoned properties in the neighborhood reassessed to reflect higher tax values, thereby making the churches pay higher taxes for holding these properties (yes, unlike church buildings or parking lots, churches have to pay taxes on their vacant properties).
7. Actual tangible progress on the plans for the building of the Carter G. Woodson museum and the C.G.W. memorial park.
8. Thriving success of the soon-to-open restaurants in the Convention Center (the sushi/Mongolian place and the brewery), prompting other businesses to follow.
9. Additional retail and restaurant spaces filled along the 7th and 9th Street corridors.
10. Lower crime through neighborhood watches, additional police presence and better communications with the police.
11. Opening of The Exchange at 9th and N.
12. Sale of the the building at 9th and Rhode Island to Abdo, and Abdo’s application for permits to commence rehabilitation of the property (I mean, they were interested once, why can’t they be interested again?)
13. Liquor license approval for Vegetate and Queen of Sheba.
14. Walnut Street Development’s application for ANC approval of its Flats at Blagden Alley and its 1212 9th Street developments.
15. Lease signing of one more bar on 9th Street in the Vegetate or Be Bar blocks.
Any other (hopeful though they may be) predictions?
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