"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

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Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mount Vernon Triangle CID

Location: Washington,D.C.

Website: www.mountvernontriangle.org

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is a private, nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, visitors, employees, and property owners in Washington DC’s newest 24-hour neighborhood by providing a clean and safe environment, marketing, and fostering planning and economic development.

The vision for the MVTCID is to develop Mount Vernon Triangle as a new neighborhood on the east end of Downtown DC with new residences, Class-A offices, and fine places to shop, dine, and enjoy this vibrant mixed-us community that is active day and night.

The ingredients for making Mount Vernon Triangle the next great neighborhood are:

- People: a diverse and energetic group, eager to be part of this emerging community.

- Space: a lively mix of residential, retail, and office uses.

- Design: outstanding architecture, historic places, public art, open space, and plazas.

- Retail: restaurants, shops, services, theatres, museums, convention center, and an arena nearby.

Transportation: Metro, Downtown Circulator, Amtrak, MARC Train, and easy access to 395.

- Partnerships: an innovative public- collaboration.

A Community Improvement District is a designated geographic area in which the property owners have agreed to pay a supplementary real property tax in order to raise funds for designated programs or projects, such as to augment street cleaning services provided by the City.

Under District law, the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) is legally defined as a BID. The concept of a Community Improvement District is based on that of a Business Improvement District, but includes commercial and residential properties.

BIDs have proven to be successful in hundred of cities throughout the United States and eight BIDs have now been established in the District of Columbia: Downtown BID, Golden Triangle BID, Georgetown Partnership, Capitol Hill BID, Adams Morgan Partnership, Mount Vernon Triangle CID, NoMa BID, and now the Capitol Riverfront BID.

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