NEWS: 2B Re-districting Task Force Creates Initial Proposal for Discussion (UPDATED 9/12/11, 9/23/11)

[Note: Updated I on 9/12/2011; Update II on 9/23/2011]

The 2B Re-districting Task Force has released its initial proposal for public discussion for re-drawing the SMD boundaries of ANC 2B.  For background information on re-districting and the 2B Task Force, please see our prior post here:  http://www.dupontcircleanc.net/2011/08/04/dupont-circle-political-redistricting-task-force-sets-plan-for-crafting-a-2b-proposal/.  There are also documents listed below which you can use to play around with re-drawing the boundaries.

The Task Force’s proposal is available at the following link: http://bit.ly/ocgxN2.  (Note: Thanks to Commissioner Kevin O’Connor for creating the easy-to-read Google map.)

The Task Force aimed to address the following issues:

  • Districts 2B02 and 2B06 have populations that currently exceed the preferred range (over 2100), while 2B01 and 2B09 have populations that fall below the preferred range (under 1900).
  • Where changes are needed, the resulting districts should be compact, reflect neighborhood cohesion, and be within the preferred range 1900-2100.
  • Where possible given the population data, boundary changes should more equitably distribute business district areas (i.e., liquor licenses), which are currently distributed heavily in 2B02, 2B05, and 2B06.
  • Where changes are needed, it makes sense for multiple districts to be adjacent Dupont Circle park.

The Task Force took the following specific steps in forming the proposal:

  • Census block 55.5002 moves from 2B06 to 2B02.  This better unifies the P Street “Restaurant Row” corridor and brings 2B06 within the preferred population range.
  • Census block 55.2000 moves from 2B06 to 2B02.  This unifies the P Street “Restaurant Row” into one SMD.  After the below changes are incorporated, this change leaves 2B02 with about a dozen people more than the upper limit of the preferred range (2100), but it also results in more compact districts and reflects cohesive neighborhoods.  This change is preferable but not necessary.
  • Census block 107.2005 moves from 2B02 to 2B06.  This creates more compact districts and brings 2B06 adjacent to the Circle.
  • Census blocks 55.1001 and 55.1002 move from 2B02 to 2B01.  This brings 2B01 within the preferred population range.
  • Census block 42.02.1006 moves from 2B02 to 2B03.  This brings 2B03 over to Conn. Ave. NW, including the business district.
  • The area south of Q Street down to the Circle, between Conn. Ave. NW and NH Ave. NW, go into 2B03.  This brings 2B03 adjacent to the Circle.
  • Census block 42.01.1006 moves from 2B03 to 2B09.  This leaves 2B03 in the preferred population range.
  • Census block 42.01.1005 moves from 2B08 to 2B09.  This leaves 2B09 in the preferred population range.
  • The area south of the Circle, between 19th St. NW and Conn. Ave. NW, down to Jefferson Pl. NW, go into 2B07.  This creates more compact districts and better distributes business district areas.
  • No changes to 2B04 or 2B05.

The following documents are useful in assisting with the current re-districting process:

  • 2B map with census blocks and population figures (MS Word)
  • 2B map with census blocks only (MS Word)
  • 2B population change from 2000-2010 by SMD (MS Excel)
  • 2B population deviation by SMD (showing current deviation from the ideal 2000 residents per SMD) (MS Excel)
  • 2B complete population data by SMD only (MS Excel)
  • 2B complete population data by census block only (MS Excel)
  • 2B complete population data by SMD and census block (MS Excel)
  • “Two Scenarios” (showing the steps to crafting a proposal, as well as other boundary options the Task Force considered) (MS Word)

Feel free to comment below, or contact your ANC Commissioner, or contact anyone on the Task Force.  The members of the Task Force are listed in the  link shared above, and ANC contact information is on our Commissioners page.  In addition, there will be a public forum on the Task Force’s proposal on Wednesday, August 31st from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Washington Hilton (T Street between Conn. Ave. NW and Florida Ave. NW).

We look forward to your comments.  Please also remember that anyone who resides in 2B may volunteer for the Ward 2 Subcommittee, and thus be a member of the 2B Task Force, by contacting Jack Evans’ office through Andrew Huff (ahuff@dccouncil.us).

UPDATE (9/12/2011):

Attached here is the draft final report of the ANC 2B Task Force that will be up for endorsement by the ANC at the September 14, 2011 public meeting.  Here is the map attachment to the report, which shows the proposed new boundaries.  Also attached to the report are the August 1st and September 1st status updates provided to the Ward 2 Subcommittee.

UPDATE (9/23/2011):

The final report was endorsed by ANC 2B at the September 14, 2011 public meeting.  Here is the letter ANC 2B sent to Jack Evans office.  Here is the final PDF report, along with Exhibit A, Exhibit B, and Exhibit C.