In the first phase of Envision Adams Morgan, volunteer working groups developed a report detailing the current state of our neighborhood. We then launched a survey to collect opinions and ideas from residents and local businesses in the areas of sustainability, housing, economy, transportation, community services, zoning, and historic preservation.
Between September 2014 and February 2015, we collected 535 responses and over 900 written suggestions concerning the future of the neighborhood!
Survey respondents were self-selecting and responses were not tracked or weighted by demographics. While we did what we could within our means to spread the word, we acknowledge that this survey did not necessarily reach a representative sample of the over 16,000 residents of Adams Morgan. The results should be interpreted accordingly and considered reflective of the views of only those who participated in the survey. Nevertheless, those who did participate shared some excellent and constructive ideas. We encourage everyone to consider all comments offered with an open mind and in the spirit of community.
The results of this survey have been passed along to the DC Office of Planning, as they are conducting the next, more formal phase of this visioning process. They have set up a website to run polls and collect even more ideas (http://adamsmorganvision.mindmixer.com/), and will be holding a half-day community workshop on February 28th at Marie Reed from 9am - 12pm. We hope that many of you who took the survey will attend. Please invite along any of your neighbors who have not yet had a chance to participate in this process or share their thoughts on the future of our community.
Read through the results on Scribd.
This baseline report is an attempt by your friends and neighbors to provide all of the residents of the Adams Morgan community with a picture of where we are today and through this document provide some insight and direction about where we should be headed in the future.
The Economic Development Working Group broke into two teams to prepare this report on the current economic status of Adams Morgan. The first team focused on describing the economic conditions of residents, and the second, composed of members of the business community and representative organizations, focused on describing the economic conditions of businesses in Adams Morgan. The report is thus divided into these two sections.
Adams Morgan has proven to be a strong lure for developers competing for the scarce available land while still being a vibrant destination for newcomers to the city and those already living in Washington who want to take advantage of the wonderful amenities of our community.
Adams Morgan is subject to zoning regulations governing growth and land use for commercial, industrial, and recreational areas of our community. Zoning classifications allow certain uses either by matter of right or through approvals granted by DC’s Board of Zoning Adjustment. This board issues waivers, denials, or approvals for most building projects in our community that require local and city approval.
Adams Morgan has morphed into a fairly affluent community. Home ownership has steadily increased along with personal income and a changing demographic mix leaning towards a younger and better educated resident. The availability of dwellings for purchase has also increased with the condominium conversions offering an attractive alternative for young professionals and older empty nesters to obtain home ownership.
Affordable housing became a challenge as Adams Morgan emerged as a desired destination over the last three decades. Rental properties have been converted at a rapid rate to meet the demands for condominiums leaving rental properties as a scarce resource with higher rental fees. Without affordable housing the community runs the risk of losing its socio-economic diversity and could prove an impediment to the long-term vitality of the community including losing middle class families who need affordable housing that can hold a family of three or more.
The Environment and Sustainability working group wants to ensure that residents and businesses in the neighborhood have a clear understanding of their relationship with the underlying environmental assets of the neighborhood and the District at large.
This working group has been researching schools, healthcare services, senior services, pre-K and after school programs, parks and recreation services, and non-profit organizations that provide direct benefit to Adams Morgan or impact it in any fashion.