Friday, February 13, 2009

DDOT to hold First Public Forum on Anacostia Waterfront Initiative


Public Forum on Anacostia Waterfront Initiative

Program is First in New Educational Series

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is inviting interested parties to attend the inaugural Anacostia Waterfront Forum on Tuesday, February 17, 2009. The program is the first in a new educational series about the benefits development along the entire Anacostia Waterfront will bring to the District of Columbia.

Meeting Information:


Anacostia Waterfront Forum: “Sustainable Development, Infrastructure and the Future of the District of Columbia”


Gabe Klein, Acting Director, DDOT
Kathleen Penney, Chief Engineer, DDOT
Charles Wilson, President, Historic Anacostia Block Association
Uwe Brandes. Vice President for Innovation, Urban Land Institute
Walter Smith, Executive Director, DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice


Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 6:30 – 8:30 pm


Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Great Hall
901 G Street, NW

The Library is near the Gallery Place – Chinatown Metro Station on the Red, Green & Yellow lines. Use the 9th Street exit when you arrive at the station. There is also free parking available in the garage below the library.

Click Here for flyer. (pdf)

More after the jump...

The development of the Anacostia Waterfront is a topic of discussion in the District among community activists, political leaders and national policy experts. In a letter to DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Adrian Fenty put in the District’s bid for some of the money proposed in President Obama’s economic stimulus package. In a Washington Post commentary that appeared on February 1, Alice Rivlin, Brookings Institution and Walter Smith, DC Appleseed Center, urged President Obama to “make the critical infrastructure needs of our nation's capital a high priority.”

At Tuesday’s forum, DDOT’s Acting Director Gabe Klein will provide the welcome and Chief Engineer Kathleen Penney will give a presentation on the topic, “Sustainable Development, Infrastructure and the Future of the District of Columbia.” Presentations will focus on how investments in Waterfront infrastructure should lead to social, economic, and environmental progress in Waterfront and District neighborhoods, but especially those East of the Anacostia River.

Several community leaders will participate in the forum and members of the audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

For more information about the District’s Anacostia Waterfront Program, please visit or call (202) 715-6641.

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