National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Today kicks off National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week – a week focused on raising awareness about and bringing an end to lead poisoning. As many of us live in apartments and houses that were built during an era when lead paint was a commonly used material, here are some important reminders about how we can limit exposure:

  • Repair chipping and peeling paint using lead-safe work practices and certified workers;
  • Use proper containment;
  • Work wet to control lead dust and paint chips during removal;
  • Keep occupants out of the work area; and
  • Clean up properly

To learn more about steps you can take to limit exposure, download the EPA's Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home brochure.

For those interested in more information on this important topic, the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) notes, "More than 500,000 children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Impacted children enter school with diminished reading and learning abilities and drop out of school at a rate 7 times greater than their peers. Additional effects include hearing loss, speech delays, aggressive even violent behavior and long-term health impacts on the kidneys, heart, and brain costing the U.S. over $50 billion a year in medical, special education, lost earnings, and criminal justice costs."

GHHI, in partnership with other entities across the country, has developed a five-year strategic plan to end childhood lead poisoning and will present this plan in a national webinar to policy makers, stakeholders, and the public on October 27th. GHHI and partners will also host a National Lead Summit in Washington D.C. on December 5th to convene national policy leaders and inform the incoming administration. Please visit www.GHHI.org for more information.

Main Street 2036: Envisioning Our Future

Greater Greater Washington asked ANC candidates across the city to answer the question, "How would you like your neighborhood to look in 20 years? How will you help bring that
about?" This is my vision for our future:

Cleveland Park’s Connecticut Avenue corridor is not just a road to get travelers from one place
to anotherit’s a business district, a commuter hub, and a central gathering place for friends,
neighbors, and visitors. In essence, it’s Cleveland Park’s ‘Main Streetthe social center of our
community.

We are lucky to have great amenities on Connecticut Avenue, from grocery stores and restaurants to pharmacies and gift stores, but we also have clear signs of challenges around us. As I walk up and down the corridor, I am troubled that there are six vacant storefronts, four of which have been empty for almost two years. These vacant properties aren’t just visually unappealing; they can lead to blight and quickly become public safety hazards. I see sidewalks  in need of repair, weeds growing out of asphalt, and trash littering tree boxes and flower beds. Our historic corridorour Main Streetis in need of attention.

Twenty years from now, I hope to walk the streets of an enhanced Main Street, one which touts the historic beauty and significance that we see today while demonstrating the results of smart growth that lead to an environmentally sustainable, healthy, and livable community.

“Main Street 2036” will be a hub for walkers and bikers. With redesigned sidewalks and traffic intersections, pedestrians will walk along our corridor and cross streets safely; sit on benches; and gather at cafe style sidewalk tables and chairs. Bikers too will have increased security in riding along Connecticut Avenue. With the introduction of a bike lane, they will be able to safely store their bikes using racks along the corridor, and/or be able to pick up a Capital Bikeshare at one of many points.

Public transportation will be enhanced with the introduction of bus rapid transit along the
corridor to ensure a delay-free, reliable riding experience. 
And between our buses and regularly maintained Metro system (sorry that one is not in the ANC purview!), residents from new mixed-use development projects won’t be contributing to gridlock, but rather contributing to WMATA's ridership and coffers. 

"Main Street 2036" will be home to thriving businesses and a bustling commercial corridor that is busy morning, noon, and night with residents, workers, and patrons. With an increase in both residential density and commercial space (via improved land use of non-historic structures and tracts such as the Exxon gas station), businesses once struggling to stay open during the day flourish; civic engagement is at an all-time high; and Cleveland Park is home to a diversity of residents who contribute to make this neighborhood one of the most treasured in the city.

As ANC Commissioner, I would help bring about this vision by:

  • Encouraging engagement from constituents across ANC 3C05 through a variety of means (in-person, email, etc.) during the Cleveland Park Streetscape and Drainage Improvement Project and the Comprehensive Plan update process. In conversations with constituents, it is clear that there is a desire for a Cleveland Park that moves forward togetherone in which residents consider what Cleveland Park could be rather than what it shouldn’t be and one that represents the whole rather than a minority with greater time and resources;
  • Advocating for elements of this vision in the in the Streetscape and Drainage Improvement Project and advocating for opportunities to increase both residential and commercial density where appropriate in Comprehensive Plan update process; and
  • Talking to the experts and gathering best practices from other U.S. communities on urban development in neighborhoods with similarities to our own.