june 16, 2016
real history, real life: mvt coaster project launches with #lifeinmvt campaign

The MVT CID has launched an interactive campaign to tie the neighborhood’s exciting future to its rich past. Themed “Real History, Real Life”, the series of brightly designed coasters shares 10 stories from the Triangle, with one side of each coaster portraying a historical moment from the past and the flip side of the coaster depicting the vision for today and tomorrow. Thousands of Real History, Real Life coasters have been distributed throughout Mount Vernon Triangle’s many restaurants and cafes, including A Baked Joint, Alba Osteria, Alta Strada, Busboys & Poets, Le Pain Quotidien, L’Hommage Bistro Francais, Mandu, Ottoman Taverna, Philos, Shouk, Silo, Sixth Engine and Texas de Brazil. The coasters have a removable triangular center. The MVT CID invites users to open it, take a photo, and share their view on social media, putting their own perspective on history in the Triangle neighborhood. Residents, office workers and visitors are invited to participate in the social media campaign, posting their pictures to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LifeinMVT. Each week, the staff at the MVT CID will award a $25 restaurant gift card from one of our MVT CID restaurants to the best photo. Click here to view activity on our Tagboard.

ward 6 office hours with councilmember charles allen set for july 1 in mvt
Join Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and his constituent services staff for Community Office Hours on Friday, July 1 from 8:00-9:30 AM at A Baked Joint. From policies to pot holes, Community Office Hours are a great chance to share information, ask your questions and hear from the Councilmember and his team. For event information and to register, please visit
dc bar headquarters building now under construction

On June 6, the District of Columbia Bar celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 100,000 square-foot headquarters at 901 4th Street with participation from Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Bar President Tim Webster, MVT CID President and CEO, Kenyattah Robinson, and other local officials, dignitaries and D.C. Bar leadership. The Bar is one of several large organizations to recently choose the vibrant and growing Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood for its new home. The DC Bar will occupy approximately two-thirds of the building, which is being developed by The Wilkes Company and Quadrangle Development Corporation, with the remaining space set aside for lease by other companies, retailers and restaurants. This $70 million project is the largest in the Bar’s history and will save the trade association at least $25-32 million in occupancy costs over 30 years. Please click here for the DC Bar’s coverage of the event.

"charter chat" on june 21 for ward 6 families
The DC Public Charter School Board is hosting a Ward 6 specific “charter chat” on Tuesday, June 21. The event provides an important opportunity to talk specifically about charters in the Ward 6 area and to ask questions about charter schools for Ward 6 families. Please email by June 17 if you plan to attend.
moapia launches summer programs; plans community picnic on june 25

The DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) has launched the second annual Chinatown Park Start FRESH!, a series of fun and healthy outdoor activities held in Chinatown Park at 5th Street and Mass Avenue. The series offers free fitness classes such as Tai Chi (Thursdays at 8 AM) and Yoga (Mondays at 6:30 PM) and features other events like the upcoming Saturday, June 25 community picnic as well as outdoor film screenings. For more information and event times, please visit
mvt spotlight: bill chillcott, head bread baker at a baked joint
A Baked Joint opened in Mount Vernon Triangle in 2015 to rave reviews, amazing coffee and pastries, intriguing and delicious new takes on breakfast, lunch and everything before and after, as well as a new bread program. Led by veteran baker, Bill Chillcott, who oversaw the bread programs for Bryan Voltaggio’s Range and Aggio restaurants, the bread is baked on-site in the Bongard hearth oven imported from France. We asked Bill to tell us more about the bread and what we can expect to see coming from the ovens this year. You are invited to check out the interview here.
mvt cid welcomes stakeholders to annual meeting at l'hommage bistro francais
The MVT CID last week joined with DC Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Brian T. Kenner, and Ward 6 Councilmember, Charles Allen, to update stakeholders, recognize outstanding board leadership and renew members of the Board of Directors at its Annual Board and Membership Meeting at L’Hommage Bistro Francais. The meeting provided an opportunity for CID stakeholders to network and celebrate the year’s initiatives and programs. After a warm welcome from host Hakan Ilhan, owner of L’Hommage Bistro Francais, MVT CID Chairman and Pastor for Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Dr. Joseph Evans, made introductory remarks followed by a State of the CID address from MVT CID President and CEO, Kenyattah Robinson.  The keynote address was given by Deputy Mayor Kenner and the annual Clean Team award presentation was made by Councilmember Allen and MVT CID Director of Operations, Leon Johnson. MVT CID Secretary of the Board, Dr. Ivory Toldson, presented the annual Public Service Award to Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Senior Director, Real Estate and Facilities and MVT CID Board member, Mark S. Wood. We invite you to view the State of the CID (.pdf) presentation and the annual report (.pdf). Our development, restaurant and retail services, and interactive maps have been updated and can be accessed at
top mvt medical associations team up for community service on aamc cares day

On May 19, more than 140 staff who work within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) building at 655 K Street—including from AAMC, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)—dispersed to 19 service projects across 14 sites around the Mount Vernon Triangle and neighboring communities, as part of AAMC Cares Day, the AAMC’s flagship day of service. With a focus on continuing partnerships in service and extending relationships built through the Community Grants Program, projects were identified that both align with the AAMC’s mission of improving the health of all and address ongoing needs in the community. Click here to read more and learn about the work done at each of the non-profits that day. 
catch the historical society of washington, dc's visual exhibit "for the record: changing dc" before it goes

For more than 120 years, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., located within the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs. For the Record is an annual juried exhibit of artworks that captures Washington’s changing urban landscape. In 2016, the Historical Society challenged local artists to create 2D artwork depicting Washington’s changing built environment. For the Record: Changing D.C. provides exposure, recognition, and enduring prestige to local artists, and raises funds to support the Historical Society. This captivating exhibit will close on Saturday, July 16, so be sure to catch it now! For more information, click here.
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