Shepherd Park Citizens Association: April 11, 2018

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The John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW holds the offices for the mayor and D.C. Council. (photo courtesy of Josh Gibson)
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It’s kudo time in Shepherd Park!

Hats off to Farooq Munir and Sujil Dangol, co-owners of Moh Moh Licious, the Nepalese carryout at 7414 Georgia Ave. NW, for the positive review in the Washington Post’s weekend section for April 6.

The momo dumplings, a hybrid Pakistani/Himalayan treat, have been a hit with neighbors who have discovered the location by accident or word of mouth from the converted. The limited menu also includes soups and curries with authentic seasonings, toned down somewhat for D.C. palates. Dangol, who cooks, serves and teaches his “twist of Indochina,” gives his one-man invitation to this experience from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Shepherd Park was well represented at the March 20 D.C. Council marathon hearing on the Comprehensive Plan framework and process. Naima Jefferson and Paula Edwards raised questions and concerns expressed by SPCA’s planning, zoning and economic development and approved by the association, focusing on citizen input in area specific development, the dangers of gentrification and displacement of long-time residents, the dearth of real affordable housing, the fuzziness of terminology, and the accountability of the Office of Planning and the Zoning Commission. Other Shepherd Park residents submitted written testimony.

Thanks go to a small group of activists who met with a representative of Neighborhood Design Review of Baltimore to discuss a proactive approach to development, especially along the Upper Georgia Avenue corridor. While this outside group’s grant only covers Maryland communities, the representative presented potential grant options and gave helpful ideas and advice on SPCA’s possible future options.

A round of applause to the Friends of the Shepherd Park Library who recently held another author event and is partnering with the library in presenting Derek Musgrove, a Shepherd Park resident, on April 17 to read portions from his co-authored “Chocolate City” and answer questions on its themes.

— June Confer