Mobility Innovation District Brings New Electric Transportation Option to Southwest

By Southwester Staff On October 20, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Southwest Business Improvement District (Southwest BID) and community leaders launched DC’s first-ever Mobility Innovation District.  According to the Mayor’s office, the multi-year mobility project, funded by a $3 million city grant to the […]

Increased Calls for Traffic Safety Improvements near Amidon-Bowen Elementary School

Parents offer specific suggestions to DDOT to enhance child safety By Mike Goodman In August, the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) released a revised plan to install protected bike lanes on the portion of I (Eye) St., SW between South Capitol St. and 7th St., SW. Child safety advocates praised improvements to the plan, as […]

The Wharf Marks Five-Year Anniversary and Opening of Phase II with Local Luminaries

By Melissa Silverman  On October 12, elected officials, high-profile developers and community leaders came together to mark the five-year anniversary of the grand opening of The Wharf, as well as the substantial completion of Phase II of the multi-billion dollar development along the Southwest waterfront.  The second phase will add an additional 1.15 million square […]

At-Large Council Candidates Spark Fierce Debate in Southwest

By Melissa Silverman Just weeks before the November 8 general election, seven candidates vying for two At-Large seats on the DC Council met at Riverside Baptist Church in Southwest to answer questions on education, housing and public safety. Despite areas of broad agreement on policy, candidates seized the opportunity to land sharp criticism of their […]

Richard Wright Student Serves as Voice for DC Students on State Board of Education

BY CHINA JONES-BURGESS, 11TH GRADE, RICHARD WRIGHT PCS Aa Student Representative on the DC State Board of Education, China Jones-Burgess, a junior at Richard Wright Public Charter School in Southwest, has already begun working with her DC peers to listen to concerns and requests. Jones- Burgess began her journey in advocacy three years ago serving […]

Federal, Local Funding Announced for Flood Protection, Affordable Housing on Buzzard Point

By Southwester Staff In August, two separate investments in Southwest’s rapidly developing Buzzard Point were announced by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, including new funding for flood protection and affordable housing.  On August 10, Bowser announced $20 million in new funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen resilience to climate change amid rising […]

Allen Advances Bill on Monthly Basic Income

By Southwester Staff Beginning next year, low-income DC residents, such as those who earn less than $60,000 for a family of four, will begin receiving a monthly check from the District government, akin to a first-in-the-nation monthly basic income. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen advanced legislation in July to clarify that monthly basic income dollars […]