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Sidewalk Widening Community Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Maggie Downing
38:41
Here’s that link Jamie just mentioned: https://www.georgetowndc.com/sidewalk-widening
Michael Rankin
38:52
When will DDOT have their traffic study completed? The N/S route on Wisconsin Ave is clogged w drivers trying to go east or west. Wonder about fire and or ambulance ability to get through quickly and safely?
Bradford Gray
39:12
93% shoppers from out of georgetown. what do we know about how they get here?
Monica Roache
44:13
The beauty is gone.
Monica Roache
47:03
The city is now open, people are getting vaccinated. When the weather is cold tables should be moved inside and parking should come back.
Judith Bunnell
48:27
Our rats in backyard have increased.
Pastor Brett Wilson - Georgetown Lutheran Church
49:34
I have a question that perhaps could be answered in the chat as I mostly want to listen to community members - what are the usage expectations/restrictions for the decks in front of non-restaurant areas (for instance, in front of our church, or other businesses displaying merchandise)?
elsa santoyo
49:44
what is the % of the 93% coming in from the suburbs after getting in their cars parked in their driveways? These folks are never going to uber. They will park closest to where they are going as they do when they go to retail or restaurants in the suburbs.
Emi Yamauchi
50:35
Rats are being pushed onto the side streets, whether there are restaurants or not. Almost every night you can hear somebody scream “ONMG rats!” at the 33rd Street pedestrian bridge seating area.
Monica Roache
58:18
I agree nobody uses sidewalks its Awkard.
Erika Stempel
58:49
I agree with Emi. If not in use for a restaurant, the extended sidewalk is not worth it. I am not saying the intended benefits are not happening- but I have not heard one person say something positive about it or glad that we have the extended sidewalks. Instead, many of our clients have complaints about them. It has created more space for scooters, skaters, homeless people to camp out in front of stores, pedestrians stand around in clusters which defeats the purpose of alleviating walkways. Most importantly- it has affected parking and traffic. We can no longer offer curbside pickup sales because Wisconsin is 1 lane each way.
Jamie Scott
59:15
Regarding non-dining use, the city has permitted retail activity specifically in the curb lane, which would include on the deck. We have added some additional seating on the deck near some retailers as well
elizabeth miller
01:00:15
Jamie - I worry GREATLY about that - Georgetown will look very shabby very quickly if every shop starts putting out their items in the curb lane. We should avoid looking like a flea market.
Pastor Brett Wilson - Georgetown Lutheran Church
01:00:40
Thanks for your answer here @Jamie
Tom Birch
01:01:19
Please put me in the queue; can't locate the raised hand. tom BIRCH
Emi Yamauchi
01:01:53
Yes, but I think Erika’s point is that you can’t pull up for the retail pick-up without blocking traffic and contributing to the problem. As for merchandise on the sidewalk at P and Wisconsin, is that the Christ Child’s Resale Shop?
Judith Bunnell
01:02:47
It is the Antiques store on corner of P Street Westsside
Monica Roache
01:02:49
Is it possible to remove the ones that aren’t in front of restaurants since they aren’t being used? Going to December is such a long time to have these parking and traffic challenges.
Pastor Brett Wilson - Georgetown Lutheran Church
01:04:13
Hi @Thomas Roche, Pastor Brett your neighbor at the church across the street here.
Jamie Scott
01:04:45
We don't have to wait until December to make changes. The design of the project is intended to allow modifications during the course of the pilot. The permit for everything is valid until December. We can make changes before then, as necessary
elsa santoyo
01:06:09
How can the BID work to increase the local retail and restaurant mix to increase the 7% local commercial expenditures to return balance to the mix between resident supported and day tripper commerce? The 93% from elsewhere number documents that Georgetown has lost the vital local retail that is a cornerstone of walkable communities.
Robert Hughes
01:07:15
Guests to non-restaurant businesses are suffering at the expense of restaurants success. Pre-Covid businesses already had an issue with parking. Now, parking for businesses more than a block away from the garages are totally screwed. That said, the outdoor dining is amazing, but should only be DIRECTLY in front of restaurants, not in front of non-restaurant businesses. If some do not have a lot of space, that should not be the problem of anyone else. Seasonal makes sense, but it makes more sense to only put decks DIRECTLY in front of businesses ONLY on Wisconsin ave and M st.
elizabeth miller
01:08:08
YES TOM BIRCH!!!!!
Robert Hughes
01:08:26
Another garage built on top of/underneath of CVS parking lot would solve A LOT OF THESE PROBLEMS
Robert Hughes
01:09:41
MAYBE…. KEEP ALL THE DECKS and add multiple garages around town at. $10 rate…if you can do that
parking problems solved
Ramona Greene
01:10:44
Totally agree with Tom Birch
Robert Hughes
01:10:47
GTG, thanks for this!. I took the survey and left my comments there. But the CVS GARAGE PROPOSAL is not in my survey, so please consider it. BYE! Feel free to reach out!
Emi Yamauchi
01:11:44
Before I forget my manners — and BID is one of our neighbors — having meetings and discussions like this are very helpful. I appreciate what BID tries to do to make Georgetown commercially viable. But I do believe that there should be a better quality of life priority given to residents. We are a historical district, not a Disneyland or theme park wannabe. Maybe we should look more to how some small towns have revitalized themselves, rather than trying to compete with the Wharf, U Street, and Tyson’s Corner. How is Old Town Alexandria doing?
Deborah Winsor
01:13:15
WHY IS DDOT NOT RESPONDING TO ANC AND CAG REGARDING THE STUDY AND WHAT ARE THEOR CRITERIA FOR TRAFFIC FLOW?
Erika Stempel
01:13:36
I understand providing outdoor space for restaurants during the city mandates that prohibited indoor dining, but now that this is over- is it fair for restaurants to get free real estate to expand their seating just because they're located on M and Wisconsin? I can sympathize with the struggle they faced last year but should that continue to hinder everyone else's business on an ongoing basis? Just a thought.
Cc Tarr
01:15:28
Agree with Tom Birch as well 👍
Jamie Scott
01:16:14
jscott@georgetowndc.com
elizabeth miller
01:16:30
Thanks Jamie and Joe and BID.
Judith Bunnell
01:16:40
Thanks for listening
Kathleen Jenkins
01:16:51
I agree with Tom Birch as well!!
Lisa Palmer
01:17:12
Thanks for everyone’s feedback. Thanks to the BID for thinking outside of the box and soliciting feedback so strategic changes/improvements can be made to support our community!
Tara Sakraida Parker, CAG President
01:17:37
Thank you all for attending! We look forward to continuing this discussion. Thanks Joe and Jamie!
Erika Stempel
01:17:47
thank you so much!