D.C. Olympics Supporters Eye Future Events, Including 2028 Olympics — Washington 2024, the group that unsuccessfully vied to make D.C. the host of the 2024 Olympics, hopes to bring similar international events to the Capitol Hill area, including a possible bid to host the 2028 Olympics. [Washington Business Journal]
Tickets Available for Yoga in the Outfield — Residents can work off the stress of the Nationals’ disappearing playoff chances with Yoga in the Outfield at Nationals Park after the Nationals play the Phillies on Sept. 27. [The Hill is Home]
Developers Plan Another Large Mixed-Use Building for NoMa — Developers Trammell Crow are planning for apartments, condos, retail and a hotel at a 2.5 acre plot near the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station. [Washington Business Journal]
Southwest Waterfront Houseboats to Open for Visitors — Several houseboat owners at the Gangplank Marina in Southwest will open their floating homes to visitors during a ticketed tour in October. [The Southwester]
Olympics Unlikely to Come to Capitol Hill Area — The U.S. Olympic Committee hinted that it would name Los Angeles as its official candidate to host the 2024 Olympics, quieting speculation that the games could come to D.C. Supporters of the District’s bid had discussed the possibility of constructing major Olympic venues in the Capitol Hill area. [Los Angeles Times]
New Pepco Substation to Serve Southwest — Pepco will build a new substation in Buzzard Point in an effort to address increased electrical usage in Southwest. [The Southwester]
Capitol Hill Bicycle Lanes Get New Paint Job — Bicycle lanes on 4th and 6th streets NE received a fresh coat of bright green paint over the weekend. [The Hill Is Home]
D.C. Officials to Meet With Rosedale Residents About Recent Crime — Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6, a Metropolitan Police Department commander and other D.C. officials are scheduled to visit Rosedale tonight for a discussion on public safety in and around the area. [Hill Now]
Maine Avenue Fish Market v. D.C. and The Wharf — Two tenants from Maine Avenue Fish Market claim that the D.C. government and developers of The Wharf mixed-use project “entered into a conspiracy” to force out their businesses. A 34-page complaint accuses the District and the developers of “harassment,” “governmental overreach” and “unjust attempts to out [the tenants] from their leased property.” [Washington City Paper]
NoMa Mural Artists Reflect on Work — Omar Pasha and other artists who helped create 14,000 square feet of murals in NoMa talked to WAMU about their work. “The mural brings together the community in terms of camaraderie, and a combined effort toward a single cause,” Pasha said. “I think that’s really important for kids, education-wise.” [WAMU]
Should D.C. Try to Bring Olympic Events to Capitol Hill Area? — Boston and the U.S. Olympic Committee this week pulled their bid to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the city, giving the District another opportunity to secure the Games. Supporters of the District’s bid had discussed the possibility of constructing major Olympic venues in the Capitol Hill area. Hill Now is asking readers to weigh in on whether D.C. should try to bring Olympic events to the Capitol Hill area. [Hill Now]
The District vied with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston for the USOC’s Olympic bid, which went to Boston in January.
Supporters of the District’s bid had discussed the possibility of constructing major Olympic venues in the Capitol Hill area. Backers proposed building the Olympic Stadium on the RFK Stadium grounds and the Olympic Village on the campus of the D.C. General homeless shelter, among other locations in the District.
Russ Ramsey, chairman and chief executive officer of D.C. 2024, which was behind the District’s bid, was non-committal about the group’s current plans.
“The Washington 2024 team remains proud of the effort we put forth on behalf of our residents last fall,” he said in a statement to The Washington Post. “Today’s disappointing announcement by the U.S. Olympic Committee reinforces the need to have a clear process in place that successfully matches a community’s long-term goals to those opportunities created by hosting an Olympic Games.”
Should D.C. try to bring Olympic events to the Capitol Hill area? You can weigh in through the poll and in the comments.
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The U.S. Olympic Committee announced this evening (Thursday) that they picked Boston, not D.C., as the U.S. bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.
“We’re excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst in a statement.
Many Hill East residents objected to the proposal to host the games in their neighborhood. D.C. 2024, the group that presented the plan, refused to meet with ANC 6B, saying they would begin community engagement if the District were selected as the U.S. bid city.
Mayor Muriel Bowser congratulated Boston and said the D.C. 2024 bid can still work for residents.
“We must build on the tremendous regional and federal cooperation embodied in the DC 2024 Olympic bid, in focusing on the big issues facing our region — transportation, affordable housing and expanding job opportunities for residents in the District of Columbia.”
In addition to the District, Boston was selected over Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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The Change.org petition started yesterday (Wednesday) asks Council members to stand with citizens against the “displacement, militarization and plundering of our city” they say would occur if D.C. is selected to host the 2024 games.
More than 70 people have signed the petition so far. Here’s what it says:
1) We ask for a Bill ensuring no displacements, no private security, and no corporate welfare.
2) Any decision to use public money to facilitate the costs of the Olympics be put to a public referendum.
3) An “Olympic tax” on all companies who are doing work for the Olympic bid and those that receive contracts should the city be saddled with hosting the games. This tax would go towards the Affordable Housing fund.
4) “Claw Back” legislation that holds contractors and companies directly responsible if any community agreements are breached.
5) No private military and/or security contractors working in or patrolling our city. Security personnel and police should be responsive to the taxpayers not furthering the militarization of our streets and communities. (Some examples: Blackwater, G4S, Academi, etc).
The U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision is expected today.
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