Pop-up Arboretum Hanging Out in Lansburgh Park

By District Department of Transportation Staff DDOT Urban Forestry Division and Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) are collaborating on a new initiative, a pop-up arboretum in Lansburgh Park, launching around August 2. The pop-up arboretum is a temporary exhibit of nineteen notable trees ranging from a young paw paw tree to mature yellow buckeye trees. […]

Meet Charlene Porter of the SWBID

Southwest DC is fast becoming the “place to be” in the District. Over the next few months we will spotlight the dedicated staff of the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) who are focused on making our neighborhood a clean, safe, vibrant community to live, work, and visit. SWBID Environmental Ambassador Charlene Porter is one of […]

Meet Peron Williams of the SWBID

Southwest DC is fast becoming the “place to be” in the District. Over the next few months we will spotlight the dedicated staff of the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) who are focused on making our neighborhood a clean, safe, vibrant community to live, work, and visit. Peron Williams is the SWBID operations manager and […]

Do You Really Know The SWBID?

Most Southwest residents and visitors recognize the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) by the “men and women in blue” you see around the neighborhood. They make up the team that sweeps the curbs, removes trash, plants new trees, adds new neighborhood planters, and works daily to keep our community clean and safe. While clean and […]

Southwest Dreamers Are Doers!

Last month, more than 60 neighbors gathered in the new MakeOffices location at The Wharf to hear five Southwesters pitch their community project ideas at the inaugural Pocket Change dinner event. Launched in January by the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) and the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA), Pocket Change is a micro-grant program to support […]

Do You Really Know the SWBID?

Most Southwest residents and visitors recognize the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) by the “men and women in blue” you see around the neighborhood. The team sweeps the curbs, removes trash, plants new trees, adds new neighborhood planters, and works daily to keep our community clean and safe. Although “clean and safe” is a common motto […]

How One SWBID Team Member Inspired a Homeless Outreach Plan

Every day, Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) employee Jerome “Oatmeal” McRae talks to the people who live on the street in Southwest DC. Oatmeal makes a point to ask them whether they are hungry, whether they need anything, and how they’re feeling. He listens and offers help when he can. “He has a gift,” says Andre […]