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Panel Discussion: Putting The 'Public' In Public Space

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
The Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC  
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Registration is not Required
For more information on the event or to submit your questions in advance, please email

Transportation is not provided to this event, but please email if you would like to coordinate transportation with other Villagers. The L'Enfant Plaza-Eastern Market Circulator stops approximately one block west at 8th St and Pennsylvania Ave SE; nearest Metro is Eastern Market two blocks west at 7th St and Pennsylvania Ave SE. Uber approximately $8 for up to 4 persons sharing.

Be it the use of the curbside for parking or food trucks, pocket parks, increased density awarded as a result of a Planned Unit Development, the ubiquitous sidewalk cafes that dot our urban landscape or the provision of new roadways, the organization and administration of Public Space impacts the lives of District residents.

“Public Space” is all horizontal space outside private property lines as well the air rights above the limit that property owners can develop as a matter of right. This public panel will discuss the manner in which the District of Columbia both administers public space as well as the means in which it is transferred permanently or leased to the private realm. Is the current system of public space administration adequate? Should it be reformed? Should there be more citizen involvement analogous to what occurs in zoning matters?

The Hill Rag, The Ward 6 Democrats and Hill Center have selected a knowledgeable panel to discuss the current arrangements and brainstorm ideas for the future:

• Charles Allen - Ward 6 Councilmember
• Matthew Marcou - Associate Director for the Public Space Regulations Division (PSRD)
• Meredith Fascett - The Chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D
• Nancy Metzger - Former Historic Preservation Board Member
• Dave Alpert - Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST)

Join your neighbors for a lively discussion of the hows and whys of Public Space. Questions for the panelists will be taken both by email prior to the event at and in writing at the event itself.