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Pepco is building a substation next to a school. Residents want to know: Why here?

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Nestled between a public school and affordable housing for seniors and families lies a bustling community garden. Schoolchildren learn how to grow food. Seniors pick up bundles of fresh veggies on the cheap. And some of the District’s most acclaimed chefs purchase herbs and edible flowers grown here.

But the K Street Farm is living on Pepco-owned land, and the utility is preparing to bring a $143 million electrical substation to the property in Washington’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Community activists are attempting to thwart the plans, saying an industrial facility does not belong so close to a school.

Pepco — the utility company that provides electricity to the District — is proposing to build the substation on the 100 block of K Street NW, a reflection of growing power needs there and in other gentrifying neighborhoods with booming populations, including Shaw and NoMa.

The project has been in the works for about three years, and a small group of parents, churchgoers and neighborhood residents organized protests last week, saying the proposed substation represents the latest example of the city catering to new, wealthier residents at the expense of longtime Washingtonians. The Walker-Jones Education Campus, which is separated from the Pepco property by a parking lot and street, serves children who mostly come from low-income families.

“I don’t think anyone could doubt that the city tends to put these things next to communities they feel have less ability to fight and be heard,” said Parisa Norouzi, executive director of Empower DC, a local advocacy group.

The two-acre-plus parcel was city property until 2015. But Mayor Muriel E. Bowser transferred it to Pepco as part of a huge land swap so that the city could acquire property needed for a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington, now D.C. United’s Audi Field.

Read more by Perry Stein @ The Washington Post HERE

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MahoganyBooks Presents An Author Talk & Book Signing with Songstress, Ledisi | Sunday, December 2nd

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MahoganyBooks is proud to present, 12x Grammy-nominated recording artist, actress, songwriter and author, Ledisi for a special discussion and signing of her powerful new book, The Walk: Accepting Your Life As It Is Now. This powerhouse is known around the world for her spellbinding voice and today she is sharing her truths about enjoying your life’s journey right where you are.

“The act of walking requires you to take one step and then another until you arrive at your destination. In ‘The Walk’, Ledisi shares the steps she took to get to her best life. And just like her songs, the gems she so bravely shares about her life will inspire many. I am so proud of her! Keep walking in your majesty, my beloved.”
~Iyanla Vanzant, Host, Iyanla: Fix My Life

Ledisi will be in conversation with MahoganyBooks Co-owner, Connection Strategist and 2018 Root 100 Honoree, Ramunda Lark Young.

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Letter from the Mayor “Thank you”

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Dear Washingtonians,

Serving as the mayor of Washington, DC has been the great pleasure and honor of my life, and on Tuesday, I was extremely proud and grateful to have been elected for a second term as the mayor of my hometown.

Thank you to the residents and voters of Washington, DC who went out to the polls in record numbers to make your voices heard.

Thank you to my mom and dad for teaching me that education, hard work, and faith will get you far in this life. They taught me and my sister and brothers that we have an obligation to use our talents and passions to make Washington, DC better.

I’m proud to be from North Michigan Park. My family has lived here for five generations. They lived here through Jim Crow DC. They lived here through “homicide capital” DC. And, right now, we’re living in the best city in the world.

When I became the Ward 4 Councilmember, I was given a plaque that, a decade later, still sits on my desk. It says: What would you do if you were not afraid to fail?

That is the question we will ask ourselves for the next four years. That’s how we’ll challenge ourselves to think big—to go big or go home.

We’re going to continue to build at least 6,000 units of affordable housing. We’re going to continue to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. We will continue to make historic investments in public education because public schools are still the great equalizer in our society. We’re going to double down and dig down in all eight wards.

In four years, we have been able to move forward with the biggest economic development project in the history of Ward 8. We have closed DC General and started replacing it with smaller, more dignified programs. And as our population has continued to grow, we have continued to create jobs and drive down unemployment across the District.

Now, let’s think about our great city and all the things that we’ll be able to do over the next four years. Let’s change the trajectory of African American students, particularly our boys; let’s close the achievement gap. In a city as prosperous as ours, let’s make sure every child is loved and has someone fighting for them. Let’s rid our city of illegal guns and demand that the prosecutors and the courts share our resolve to have safe neighborhoods.

Today, we focus on the next four years and what we can do together. Together, with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, with Chairman Phil Mendelson all the members of the DC Council, and with Attorney General Karl Racine, let’s continue to expand opportunity and prosperity across all eight wards.

Together, let’s continue working to ensure that Washington, DC is a city that works for all Washingtonians.

Sincerely,

Muriel Bowser

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