People of all walks come from all over to enjoy our neighborhood – that makes it a special and unique place to live. When it comes to ensuring Dupont stays a main attraction, with a vibrant social scene, we need to find the perfect balance of attracting new restaurants and businesses with the availability of liquor licenses without going overboard and disrupting the neighborhood’s peace. We can phase in and out moratoriums, and I want to strike the perfect balance. Additionally, during this pandemic, we can and should reach out to local businesses more regularly to identify their concerns and see how we can address them to ensure they stay sound during this time.
During the pandemic many of us have had time to reflect on the messages and demands across the country from those seeking justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others who have died at the hands of police brutality. The City Council already passed sweeping reform for MPD, but we need to ensure the department stays accountable. The Interagency Council on Homelessness, the body that sets policy for the District on the issue of homelessness (which I’ve worked to end), also needs recommendations on how to better serve DC residents so that they can get on their feet, get jobs, and have fresh starts. And the Board of Elections could take on wide reform that ensures we don’t ever again have the same trouble with voting as we did during the primaries. I’m steeped in civil rights and public interest law issues and, as your bridge to the government, we can make recommendations that advocate for strong, long-lasting change.
52% of those living in Dupont don’t drive or identify as pedestrians. We can do more to make biking and walking safer, more convenient, and pleasant! We live in a beautiful neighborhood; let’s use our resources to take it all in by expanding sidewalks, expanding bike lanes, and – for those who drive or have friends visit by car – offer some additional parking.