Shepherd Park Citizens Association: March 28, 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)

By foot, car or bus, many Shepherd Park residents headed to the Metro Saturday morning, ready to participate in the “March for Our Lives.”

The platforms were crowded and the atmosphere was lively. On Pennsylvania Avenue, by 11 o’clock, people were everywhere, parents with their children and teens, large school groups with their sweatshirts. Movement was limited. People jostled to keep from knocking each other with homemade signs with calls for action, clever slogans and creative artwork. The tone was upbeat, but urgent.

The speeches, by teens feeling empowered by the numbers and support, drew loud applause and at one point gripping silence. The lesson of the day: we need to listen to our young people, ask them their vision of our neighborhood, find out how we can mutually support the visions, and involve them in our decision making and problem solving whether it is safety in our schools, development on Georgia Avenue and the former Walter Reed, making the local library and churches more responsive to community needs, or providing more recreational facilities.

In other news, the Shepherd Park Citizens Association continues to call for written testimony regarding the D.C. Comprehensive Plan framework element. The deadline is Tuesday, April 3. Check the neighborhood listserv for possible points. Send to shawthorne@dccouncil.us.

Shepherd Park was well represented by people who testified at the hearing last Thursday, expressing concerns not only for our neighborhood but also for others across the city.

— June Confer